Shoulder Separation

A shoulder separation is not truly an injury to the shoulder joint. The injury actually involves the acromioclavicular, or AC, joint. The AC joint is where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade.

The most common cause for a separation of the AC joint is from a fall or direct blow directly onto the shoulder, which injures the ligaments that surround and stabilize the AC joint.

The injury can range from a little deformity with mild pain, to quite deforming and very painful.

Nonsurgical treatments, such as a sling, cold packs, and medications can often help manage the pain.

Most people return to near full function with this injury, even if there is a persistent, significant deformity.
For an acute injury, surgery is recommended if the deformity is severe and threatens to break through the skin or damage the surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

The shoulder will require rehabilitation to restore and rebuild motion, strength, and flexibility.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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