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Doctor insights on: Expect Recovery Separated Shoulder Ac Joint

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What can I expect in the recovery of a separated shoulder/ac joint?

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.

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How long is the usual recovery period of an AC joint separation in the shoulder?

How long is the usual recovery period of an AC joint separation in the shoulder?

AC separation: It depends upon the severity of the separation. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. May need minimal support with a sling, or may be a candidate for surgical repair.

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How to treat separated shoulder (ac joint)?

How to treat separated shoulder (ac joint)?

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.

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Is it possible that a torn rotator cuff cause other injuries within the shoulder such as: separated shoulder (ac joint)?

Is it possible that a torn rotator cuff cause other injuries within the shoulder such as: separated shoulder (ac joint)?

Possibly related: Questioner asks if rotator cuff ; acromialclavicular (ac) joint injuries are related. These are two separate injuries of contiguous tissues. Significant mechanical trauma can cause injury to both structures, but not common. Ac joint separation observed grossly as superior projection of distal clavicle relative to acromion ; palpation of ac joint is painful. Mri necessary to visualize rotator tear.

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How painful is the recovery for AC joint surgery?

How painful is the recovery for AC joint surgery?

Depends...: Ac joint resection is an arthroscopic procedure, typically done for ac pain. Recovery is fairly quick, typically less then 3 months. Reconstruction of the ac joint is done for separation. It requires ligament healing, prolonged sling wear (6 weeks), and pt. Full recovery typically 6 months or more. For both, most pain in 1st week or so requires oral narcotic. After this, pain med use is episodic.

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What is the average recovery time of an AC joint surgery?

What is the average recovery time of an AC joint surgery?

Depends...: Depending upon the severity of the injury, the skill of the sugeon, and the overall health of your body in general I would say 6-12 weeks.

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What all happens in shoulder-ac joint surgery?

AC joint surgery: In ac joint surgery the clavicle is secured to the coracoid process of the scapula to decrease the separation of the ac joint. A graft is frequently used to reconstruct the torn coracoclavicular ligaments.

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After a grade 2 or 3 AC joint widening, there is visual deformity on my right shoulder. What are my options for getting it back to normal?

After a grade 2 or 3 AC joint widening, there is visual deformity on my right shoulder. What are my options for getting it back to normal?

Surgery: Surgery is indicated for pain and dysfunction. Rarely for cosmetic considerations as you trade off a bump (deformity) for a scar. Having said that, there are two ligaments called the conoid and the trapezoid that are ruptured in grade 3 ac separation. They can be surgically reconstructed using allograft (cadaver) tissue or autograft (your own) tissue. Anatomic reconstructions restore both ligaments and is done in an open fashion. Single bundle reconstructions can be done arthroscopically. Sports medicine orthopedic surgeons usually perform this operation.

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8 weeks post shoulder cortisone still painful and now physio feels AC joint is involved he mobilsed it now v painful to move what can I do?

8 weeks post shoulder cortisone still painful and now physio feels AC joint is involved he mobilsed it now v painful to move what can I do?

Further dx studies: If you have undergone 8 weeks of a comprehensive conservative treatment program for your shoulder and still having pain further diagnostic studies are likely warranted. Conservative treatment typically includes non-steroidal anti-inflammatory, physical therapy, avoidance of aggravating activities and possibly a cortisone injection. Further diagnostic studies may include a ultrasound or mri.

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I tore my AC joint in my shoulder and still get a sharp pain when I rotate my shoulder should I return for a X-ray or try some sort rehabilitation?

I tore my AC joint in my shoulder and still get a sharp pain when I rotate my shoulder should I return for a X-ray or try some sort rehabilitation?

AC joint: If you re still having pain or limited motion I would recommend that you followup with othopaedic surgeon. The problem could stem from ac joint or coiuld be rotator cuff. Before you stay on than process it is helpful to have correct diagnosis.

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Can you tell me about AC joint shoulder surgery on the side with lymphedema?

Can you tell me about AC joint shoulder surgery on the side with lymphedema?

Should be ok: Much depend on how long you have had the lymphedema. Better if is chronic than acute. What stage the lymphedema is 1-4. Lower is better. How well it is managed around the surgery with compression, massage etc. If all these things are optimized if should be ok.

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Could I get surgery on my shoulder at the AC joint as the top joining bone is rasied up and causes abit of pain while in use?

How Long?: If you haven't had this pain very long and haven't suffered any significant injury, it may be a strain of your ac joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade). Often avoiding activities that cause the pain for a while will result in improvement. If you have had pain and trouble for some time, I would recommend you see a shoulder specialist.

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600lb shrugs. C5, C6 herniated. Shoulder is unstable and painful. What type of shoulder injury could it be, excluding nerves? Ac joint? Thanks.

600lb shrugs. C5, C6 herniated. Shoulder is unstable and painful. What type of shoulder injury could it be, excluding nerves? Ac joint? Thanks.

AC joint: Likely an ac joint problem, but could be pain radiating down from neck or internal joint pain in shoulder due to labrum or rotator cuff. Would suggest evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon in your area.

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My right shoulder bone (AC joint) sticks out further than my left. Noticed a few months ago, but maybe its been longer? No pain. Could this be serious?

My right shoulder bone (AC joint) sticks out further than my left. Noticed a few months ago, but maybe its been longer? No pain. Could this be serious?

AC joint: The shape of the AC joint varies significantly among people. Some can have very prominent joints, while others have smoother appearing joints. There can be differences in one side compared to the other as well. This is especially true if there was a previous injury to the AC joint. If there is no pain, there is unlikely any serious problem.

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My left shoulder is sore weight-bearing and raising upwards have previous rotator cuff /ac joint injuries what can I do to treat pain?

My left shoulder is sore weight-bearing and raising upwards have previous rotator cuff /ac joint injuries what can I do to treat pain?

How aggressive?: First, have it evaluated to make sure it's a msk problem. Nsaids, pt/ot can help over time. Injections can be beneficial for the right indications. Seek care.

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What pain medications would you prescribe for mild AC joint djd, supraspinatis distal tendinopathy w/o tear, mild SA bursitis all in the shoulder?

What pain medications would you prescribe for mild AC joint djd, supraspinatis distal tendinopathy w/o tear, mild SA bursitis all in the shoulder?

NSAIDs: Ibuprofen or Naproxen, for example work the best if tolerated and no specific contraindications are in place. Alternatively, Acetaminophen can be used with less anti inflammatory effect. Physical therapy should be part of the plan.

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My right shoulder bone (AC joint) sticks out further than my left. Noticed a few months ago, but maybe its been longer? No pain. Worried its cancer?

My right shoulder bone (AC joint) sticks out further than my left. Noticed a few months ago, but maybe its been longer? No pain. Worried its cancer?

Get a check up: The only way to know what this is to get a medical examination done by your doctor. You can also ask one of your family members to check and see if there is any obvious swelling or Asymmetry? If it is obvious to another person, then you must get a physical/medical examination done. An X-ray of your shoulder may be most helpful if you want to remove any and all your doubts about cancer.

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Had cortisone in AC joint. First one failed, hit bone and tingly shock wave through body. Second attempt successful but 28 hours later whole shoulder, up neck, down to elbow feels same pain as injection?

Had cortisone in AC joint. First one failed, hit bone and tingly shock wave through body. Second attempt successful but 28 hours later whole shoulder, up neck, down to elbow feels same pain as injection?

See your md: I assume you had ac joint injections for ac joint arthrosis or 'weight lifters' clavicle. If u are having the symptoms you are describing I would contact his office and see if you can't be seen fairly soon. Ac joint injections should not cause pain in neck, down arm etc. Any allergies? See your ors.

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