When surgery is called for
If pain persists or the deformity is severe, however, your provider will recommend surgery. Your surgeon might recommend trimming back the end of the collarbone so that it does not rub against the shoulder blade bone.
For a significant deformity, your surgeon might reconstruct the ligaments that attach to the underside of the collarbone. This type of surgery works well even if it is done long after the problem started. We perform these procedures either arthroscopically or as open surgery, whatever is best for your case.
Physical therapy will be required after any surgical procedure.