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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If there is a visual deformiity from a type II or type III AC joint widening, how does the deformity go back to its normal location?

If there is a visual deformiity from a type II or type III AC joint widening, how does the deformity go back to its normal location?

It does not: Grade 2 and 3 ac joint separations do not go back to its normal location. The shoulder becomes painless, and normal function ensues after a period of 6weeks or so. If thats the case, nothing further needs to be done. If the shoulder is painful and functionally compromised, surgery is indicated to reconstruct the ligaments of the ac joint. Here is a link to acj separation physcial therapy http://nycsportsmed.Com/pdf/ac%20joint%20types%20i-iii.Seneviratne.Pdf. ...Read more

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