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Shoulder Separation: AC Joint

Information on Shoulder Separation: AC Joint

A shoulder separation isn't an injury to the shoulder joint itself; rather, it affects the acromioclavicular joint (AC joint), where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the highest point of the shoulder blade (acromion).

Treatment for Shoulder Separation: AC Joint

Non-Surgical Treatment:

For Shoulder Separation and AC joint injuries, nonsurgical methods like slings, cold therapy, and medications are often effective in managing pain for the majority of patients.

Most individuals, including athletes, can regain normal function with nonsurgical approaches, even if a noticeable bump or deformity persists. However, ongoing pain around the AC joint could indicate issues such as abnormal bone contact during joint movement, arthritis development, or cartilage injury. In such cases, it's often advisable to wait and monitor for improvements without opting for surgery.

Surgical Treatment:

When persistent pain or severe deformity persists, surgical intervention may be considered. Procedures may involve trimming the end of the collarbone to prevent rubbing against the shoulder blade, or reconstructing ligaments to address significant deformities. These surgeries can be performed arthroscopically or through open techniques. Rehabilitation is essential post-treatment to restore shoulder motion, strength, and flexibility, whether the approach is surgical or nonsurgical.

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One of Platinum Orthopaedics fellowship trained Sports Medicine doctors teaches patient about anatomy of a shoulder
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