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is it necessary to go to the doctors if ac joint separation?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Shoulder separation: Most ac joint injuries are treated successfully without surgery. However, without an x-ray, it would be impossible to differentiate ac separation from distal clavicle fracture. I recommend evaluation with x-rays to be sure. Good luck!
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Yes, if you want a--: Proper diagnosis made and treatment options discussed with you, and a paln of care be initiated. Some of these injuries do need surgery, while most can be treated nonoperatively. So see an orthopod. Good luck and happy holidays.
Dr. Joseph Wilson
Orthopedic Surgery 13 years experience
AC SEPARATION: Typically an AC JOINT separation can be treated conservatively when it is only a type 2 or 3. Treatment consists of therapy to regain motion after a short period in a sling. If pain persists or you have pain with activities then sometimes surgical intervention is warranted. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon for a complete work up. Hope this information is helpful. Take care. Wilsonshoulder.com

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A 24-year-old member asked:

I have an AC joint separation of 12 mm how long until I can play rugby 100% again?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Depends: Non-operative approach to this would be 3 months or so. An operative approach may be even longer. Most would take non-operative approach and slow return to sports. Long-term success is high with non-operative approach.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What sort of problem is an acromioclavicular (ac) joint separation?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me explian: The a_c separation could come in three degrees. 1-grade 1, when the separate about one third of his width. 2-grade 2 two third of his width. 3-grade 3the full width. Grade 1 , 2 we teat them non surgical. Grade 3 most likely with surgery.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Ac joint separation question. What is AC joint?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
Geriatrics 30 years experience
Acromio-clavicular: It's where your clavicle (collar bone) connects to your shoulder blade. Check out http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/acromioclavicular_joint.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Ac joint separation, will this cause any physical problems with sports?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
AC Separation: Ac separation is an injury to the ligaments that connect the collarbone to the scapula. Most heal uneventfully, but some do not. Athletes most likely to have difficulties are overhead throwers. Good luck!
A 47-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for AC joint separation?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
It depends: On the grade, 1-obesvation and treatment, 2- also could be treated by the method, 3- most likely need surgery. Ther are classification for those injuries are more detailed.

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