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Dr. Rhett Griggs
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I have a loose AC joint injury (minor). What are some weight lifting exercises I can do to strengthen that area. I have full range of motion and use?

variable: You tore ligaments. That takes time to heal. Otherwise deltoid, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscap, pectoralis and trapezius workouts will help with strength. ...Read more

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Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Dr. Jason Wilson
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Can i get surgery on my shoulders AC joint its grade 2. Was told it would heal in a month and it happened 4/5 months ago hurts when i run or exercise?

Can i get surgery on my shoulders AC joint its grade 2. Was told it would heal in a month and it happened 4/5 months ago hurts when i run or exercise?

Not surgical: Grade 2 ac seperation is usually managed with conservative management, not surgery. You might benefit from some physical therapy and can use nsaids for pain control. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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What rehabilitative exercises can be done with an acromioclavicular joint separation?

What rehabilitative exercises can be done with an acromioclavicular joint separation?

Shldr muscle rehab: Acromioclavicular joint separations can be acutely painful. Motion and strengthening of the shoulder girdle muscles can advance as tolerated, usually under the guidance of a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Dr. Allen Lu
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What rehabilitative exercises help a acromioclavicular joint separation?

What rehabilitative exercises help a acromioclavicular joint separation?

Rest: Acromioclavicular injuries involve mostly ligaments that hold and suspend the shoulder. Those ligaments cannot really be rehabilitated like muscles. They mostly require a period of rest. Some acromioclavicular injuries will involve other parts of the shoulder, and those can improve with shoulder blade exercises such as rowing and pulling. ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
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What can you do with an AC joint that hasn't healed fully?

What can you do with an AC joint that hasn't healed fully?

Depends on your ---: symptoms and Findings on exam and on the XRs and CT scans. If it requires more time to heal, then it'll be immobilized till its healed; if the joint is displaced due to the severity of the injury or due to the being caught in some muscles or ligaments, then an Open procedure would be needed, to approximate the bones and removal of the soft tissues, and then repair the soft tissues. good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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What does hypertrophic changes at the AC joint mean and what can cause it shoul i be concerned?

What does hypertrophic changes at the AC joint mean and what can cause it  shoul i be concerned?

Arthritis.: It means arthritis of that joint right on top of the shoulder. It is very common, and oftentimes does not give you symptoms. In that case, nothing needs to be done. However, if it is painful, and not getting better over time, there is a surgical procedure that can eliminate any pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint, I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks ?

How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint,  I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks ?

Fix pain/instability: Mere widening of your ac (acromioclavicular) joint is not an indication for surgery. Pain from arthritis or osteolysis can cause joint space widening or narrowing and lead to surgery. Trauma or injury can generate instability and widening too (usually with prominence of the end of the clavicle) that can lead to ac joint reconstruction. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Coats II
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How is the best way to treat bursitis in AC joint?

How is the best way to treat bursitis in AC joint?

Anti-inflammatories : Ac joint pain is usually due to inflammation, either due to trauma or arthritis. Oral and/or injectable steroids are the fastest way to treat inflammation. Ice, rest and nsaid's ate also very helpful treatments, but may take a little longer to work. Sometimes therapy or even surgery may be needed. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Baez
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Ac joint seperation, what to do?

Depends on severity: Ac joint separation treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment ranges from a sling for mild injuries up to requiring surgery for the most severe injuries. You should have a doctor evaluate the injury to determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Tandy Freeman
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What can I expect in the recovery of a separated shoulder/ac joint?

It depends.: Most ac sprains (types 1, 2, 3) are treated effectively without surgery and athletes return to competition within 1-6 weeks depending injury severity. Types 2 and 3 result in mild to moderate prominence of the distal clavicle. A small percentage of types 1, 2, and 3 require surgery for persistent or late onset symptoms. Some type 3 and all severe (type 4, 5, 6) require early surgery. ...Read more

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