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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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