Long post. Contains srs concerns. No cliffs.
About... 3(?) years ago I broke my collar bone. I was out of commission for all activities for quite a whole (but still went to play in a mini-soccer tournament 3 weeks after accident). Nothing was done to the collar bone itself because it wasn't going to cause any real problems after recovery. So I was just put in a sling and it would recover how it was set. I could have gone into surgery to have it put in proper place by also adding some metal pieces to keep it stable, but when the pieces would get removed it would take a long time for my bone to be 100%.So I didn't want to at the time.
I have recovered perfectly fine of course. However, because of the way it broke there is still a bump on my collar bone where one end of the broken bone was almost sticking out. And (though less noticeable compared to when first broken) my shoulder is a bit wide on the broken side. At least it gets that effect because it seems my shoulder slouches more down towards the front on the broken side. I also sometimes feel like my shoulder blade on the broken side sticks out more than the other. And that my flexibility on that side is not as good. Nothing critical, but noticable in movements. Shoulder muscles also different on broken side, but may be because my right shoulder is still a bit bigger and stronger than left.
And now what brought all this up. I've been benching quite a bit after starting Bill Starr's 5x5. Just finished 4 weeks yesterday. Over this last week I have noticed that my right (broken collar bone side) of my shoulder would experience more pressure than the other. I'm theorizing that even though the bar is going straight up in a balanced motion, my right (broken collar bone) shoulder and side goes through a bit of a different path. Has anyone experiencd something like this when benching? And that your shoulder, and upper traps will look different on the broken side. It's like I can move my shoulder to be even with the other shoulder, but it won't achieve that potition naturally. I need to move it myself.
Would it be worth considering surgery, putting me out of comission for a long time, in order to fix my collar bone completely? Make it all natural (or as much as possible). Both for injury preventing purposes and to look more balanced (for aesthetics)?
Here is a picture of how my collar bone was basically broken. It's not my exray mind you, but kind of how it broke.