Fractured clavicle after neck manipulation.

by Debbie

A few years ago, six to be exact, I was being treated by a chiropractor for a low back injury. I came in one day with a stiff neck, something I had been dealing with since a small child.

He decided to help me out with my stiff neck. That night, both hands turned white and got numb, one side of my head and face had no feeling for a short period of time. I was not able to lay and sleep for the next 6-8 weeks. During the first couple of weeks, I was sitting up trying to sleep, (I was not able to lie down and sleep during this time) I found that my clavicle had been fractured. I could lay my finger in the space where my bone should have been. I did not return to this doctor again.

Instead, I went to another doctor to confirm that my clavicle had been fractured. He immediately stood up, said "your clavicle has NOT been fractured!", and walked out of the room. He thought I was going to sue the doctor!

My jugular vein is now on the opposite side of my clavicle. I have a serious case that has gradually gotten worse over the last 2 1/2 years. I have swelling, my jugular throbs, my whole sternum swells, I cannot breathe, there is pain between my shoulder blades, my right shoulder blade hangs lower, my shoulders sit back from my body,

I have nerve damage in both arms and hands(worse in my right side), my hand and fingers swell and I cannot make fist, I continuously drop things,

There is burning, stinging, and swelling in my ribs and sternum, the pain even radiates through my breasts sometimes!!! My life has not been of good quality. I cannot lay and sleep, in fact, I get little to know sleep. I cry all the time and the problem is getting worse all the time! I have since found that I was born with no disc between C-2 and C-3 which caused no give to have my neck cracked. MRI reports do not explain why I have nerve damage and I feel that everyone thinks I am a hypochondriac, in which, only makes it that much worse!

These words I have typed do not come close to what this is really like. There is no way to know
the extent of the pain unless you have this problem yourself. I take pain meds, and they only help a little.

I don't know what to do! I have already tried everything but an arthritis doctor. Someone, please help! I do know that Lyrica helps to relieve some of the pain. I have turned to the LORD because I know He is the only one who can help me at this point! God Bless to anyone who carries this burden! I will pray for you all! I have pictures but cannot load them at this time...sorry!

Hello Debbie, no need to apologise. You're miserable and need help.

It's for me to apologise, for the late reply. I've been away.

I'm afraid I have to say I agree with the second chiro. Short of a battering, I don't think the first chiro could have broken your collar bone. But something obviously happened.

My gut feeling is that the treatment you received at that time set up a condition called Tietzes Syndrome. Type the term into the Search this site function at C-B.

One form of Tietzes syndrome affects the joint between the collar bone and the breastbone. It's quite complex, but the artery and nerves to your arm pass through a gap called the Inter Scalene Triangle and it appears that both may have been affected.

The definitive test is called "Adsons Test", a test for the pulse in your wrist when you turn your head and look up, and breathe in simultaneously.

Is there actually a swollen lump at the joint between either the ribs or the collarbone and your breastbone? That clinches the diagnosis. If you do have, please send me a photograph of it.

The key to the treatment of Tietzes syndrome is the "anterior thoracic" technique. The commonly used Posterior-Anterior treatment will only aggravate it, and may in fact have caused it.

Shop around and ask if any chiros in your area can treat Thoracic Outlet syndrome, Tietzes syndrome, and do Adson's Test. All three I'm afraid are quite tricky, and not in every chiro's medicine bag.

Massage between the ribs, and ice on the rib-sternum joints might help.

I hope this has contributed, and sorry that you have had this injury. Let me know how you get on. Perhaps print this out, and take it with you to the chiro.

Good luck,
Dr B

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