When she was 20 years old, Rosetta caught a falling box that weighed about 50 pounds with her right arm. She felt an immediate and intense pain in her chest, where her collar bone met her sternum. She knew immediately she had strained the joint and did what we all would do, took some ibuprofen and tried to rest. The problem was the pain didn’t go away; it only intensified.
Later she would discover the joint she had injured is called the SC joint, or the sternoclavicular joint. The sternoclavicular joint supports the shoulders and is the main connection between the shoulder and arms, as well as the primary attachment to the main skeleton for the upper torso. Unfortunately for Rosetta, she would become very familiar with how an injury to her SC joint could affect her entire life.
“The pain was relentless,” she explained as she listed the affect the injury had on her life. “I was young and active, I was enrolled in midwifery classes and enjoying life when suddenly, this injury sidelined everything for me.”