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I have a grade 3-5 AC joint separation, i'm 8 weeks post-injury. My clavicle pops out of place when i'm physicaly active, would you recommend surgery?

I have a grade 3-5 AC joint separation, i'm 8 weeks post-injury. My clavicle pops out of place when i'm physicaly active, would you recommend surgery?

Possibly.: It may be reasonable, at this point, to consider surgical repair, especially if the clavicle is hypermobile and giving you symptoms. ...Read more

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May have sustained grade 3 AC Joint Separation. Left it to heal on its own never went to docter. Pain and weakness showing over time.What should I do?

May have sustained grade 3 AC Joint Separation. Left it to heal on its own never went to docter. Pain and weakness showing over time.What should I do?

Physical therapy: The best treatment is physical therapy, to include shoulder strengthening and stabilization and range of motion. Surgery is rarely necessary, but you may want to consult with a surgeon if symptoms persist after a good course of therapy. ...Read more

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May have sustained grade 3 AC Joint Separation.Left it to heal on its own never went to docter.Pain and weakness showing over time.What is causing it?

Varies: It varies, I would not hesitate to be seen. Patients can have varying degrees of problems with the arm after a grade III seperation, or it may be that another structure was injured or that your self diagnosis is not correct. If it is giving you trouble, I would have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Is surgery the only option for a grade II AC joint separation?

Is surgery the only option for a grade II AC joint separation?

No: Grade 2 ac seperations are usually treated without surgery. ...Read more

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4 years ago i was in an accident that caused an AC joint separation (type II or iii). Never treated, still painful. Any options other than surgery?

4 years ago i was in an accident that caused an AC joint separation (type II or iii). Never treated, still painful. Any options other than surgery?

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. Sometimes a steroid injection can decrease pain also. Hope this information is helpful. Take care. Wilsonshoulder.com ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from grade 3 AC joint seperation surgery?

How long does it take to recover from grade 3 AC joint seperation surgery?

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 ...Read more

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Will a grade 2 AC joint separation disqualify me from the army?

Will a grade 2 AC joint separation disqualify me from the army?

AC SEPARATION: 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 then sometimes surgical intervention is warranted. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon for a complete work up. If pain free with full motion this should not disqualify you from the Army. Take care, WilsonShoulder.com . ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: AC joint separation repair?

What is the definition or description of: AC joint separation repair?

AC separation: Surgery is still controversial. Repair could include pinning, screw fixation, and/or ligament reconstruction, or some combination thereof. Pinning or screw fixation has shown limited long-term success without concomitant ligament reconstruction. New ligament reconstruction techniques seem promising, but limited long-term studies exist. ...Read more

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Will an AC joint separation affect me much?

Will an AC joint separation affect me much?

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 ...Read more

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What can be done about AC joint separation ?

What can be done about AC joint separation ?

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 ...Read more

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