AC Joint Separations

AC Joint Separations

Shoulder Separation / AC Joint Separation

A shoulder seperation occurs when the collarbone (clavicle) and the scapular are moving apart from one another. When ligaments that hold the joint together are partially or completely torn, the end of the clavicle closest to the shoulder may slip out of place, preventing it from properly meeting the scapula. This often occurs when someone falls on an outstretched arm/hand or receives a blow to the shoulder. Often times, a patient with a shoulder seperation, will feel pain or tenderness and a bump over the acromioclavicular joint (AC Joint). A shoulder seperation is usually treated conservatively with ice, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, rest, and exercises. Most shoulder seperation heal within 2 to 3 months, however, some will still maintain a bump over the AC Joint.

What are my treatment options for a Shoulder Separation / AC Joint Separation?

Options Offered: Dr. Luciano Di Loreto and his team of health practitioners can help you rehabilitate your muscles after a shoulder fracture via both active exercises as well as passive treatments. Our extensive passive treatments include laser therapy (healing), ultrasound (healing), electrotherapy (pain), hot/cold therapy and soft tissue therapy. Treatments are usually booked two to three times per week for six to eight weeks. Full recovery varies from individual to individual.


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