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Aug 13, 2012
Has anyone ever dealt with climbing related SC (sternoclavicular) joint problems? I would love any injury management beta for an injury that seems only to respond favourably to continuous anti-inflammatory meds. isolationist
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Aug 13, 2012
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I popped my L SC loose years ago. Unfortunately the main thing holding the SC joint in place are ligaments.
I don't know exactly what kind of "injury" you've got. Like I said, I tried to dislocate the joint so mine was pretty much a bad sprain to the ligament.
If that's the case the main thing to do is not over stress the soft tissue w/ your activity. It's going to take probably close to 6-8weeks to heal up to the point that the fascial tissue/ligament has regained most of it's structural integrity.

If you've been banging it around for awhile now and it's really bugging you. It would be worth to see a medical professional and make sure that you're not messing up the joint space itself and that the joint isn't completely unstable to the point that it's not going to heal w/ out intervention.
Good luck getting back up and running.
Brent Apgar
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Aug 14, 2012
Yes, I think it is just a sprain, happened about 7 weeks ago from landing on my shoulder. I had an X-ray to confirm that it was not broken or dislocated ( from the swelling it felt and looked bad).
I'm used to managing injuries, but the swelling in this case appears to be a problem that is keeping it from healing. I've been on aleve for over 2 weeks now. II guess I'll just take it easy for afew weeks before going back to see a doctor, unless someone has some good rehab tips.Thanks.
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Jun 21, 2016
Reviving an ancient thread...any updates on your injured SC joints, or tips on how to take care of this joint?

I recently went to the doctor with a numb arm that I thought was "thoracic outlet syndrome," but it turns out the TOC symptoms were a sort-of secondary effect caused by a very stiff, very misaligned SC joint. It probably wasn't caused by climbing (I've had a posterior-shifted clavicle and accompanying pain for far longer than I've been climbing), but climbing certainly doesn't make it better. I'm currently going to PT, where they're working on mobilizing the first rib & realigning my clavicle, but if anyone else has climbing-specific tips I'd love to hear them.
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