What is a separated shoulder, and how is it treated?
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries (also known as a separated shoulder) occur when the clavicle is forcefully dislocated from the acromion and is usually caused by a direct blow to the shoulder or falling on an outstretched arm.
There are varying degrees of severity in AC joint injuries and they are classified into three categories.
Without the ligament support, the shoulder drops from the weight of the arm, and the clavicle is pushed upward causing a noticeable bump on the top of the shoulder.
If you have an AC joint injury the common symptoms can include:
The Board Certified Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists at OrthoNeuro have helped thousands of patients with AC joint injuries return to an active and healthy lifestyle using a variety of treatment options.
In many instances, your OrthoNeuro Shoulder Specialist will begin with conservative treatment options to treat AC joint injuries.
These treatment options can include:
If the pain and other symptoms do not subside in the course of a few weeks, or the ligaments are severely damaged, your OrthoNeuro Specialist may recommend an arthroscopic surgical procedure to repair the damaged ligaments and restore stability to the shoulder.
If you have been experiencing symptoms of an AC joint injury, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Specialists at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
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