Shoulder Separation


A shoulder separation is not truly an injury to the shoulder joint. The injury actually involves the acromioclavicular joint (also called the AC joint). The AC joint is where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the highest point of the shoulder blade (acromion). The most common cause is from a fall directly onto the shoulder.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain at the moment the injury occurs.
  • Limited movement in the shoulder area.
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Tenderness over the AC joint.


Treatment Options

Surgery can be considered if pain persists or the deformity is severe. 

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