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Doctor insights on: Grade 3 Ac Joint Separation Surgery

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Ac Joint Separation (Definition)

Wherever two bones meet is a joint. Joints move in certain directions and use ligaments from one bone to the other to prevent movement in other directions. ie ligaments on the sides of the knee keep it from bending sideways. When ligaments tear partially its called a sprain, completely its called a separation. The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is where the collarbone meets ...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?

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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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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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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I have borderline grade 2/3 ac joint separation. It has been about 3 months now since it happened and I still feel some pain. Is that normal?

Probably: Many patients will have some pain after this type of A-C injury for several months, so you are still in the range of normal/typical. Physical therapy is a benefit to some patients. Hopefully by 3 months, the pain has reduced to a very mild level. Avoid activities at this point that still cause pain. If I can help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...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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Please tell me what are the usual symptoms of AC joint separation?

Please tell me what are the usual symptoms of AC joint separation?

Pain at AC joint: The typical symptoms are pain at the ac joint. It will be tender on the top of the shoulder at the joint when touched. You may be able to see an elevation of the end of the clavicle bone at the ac joint. You may have pain with shoulder motion and crossing the arm on front of the chest. ...Read more

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How common is it for someone to need an AC joint separation repair?

Not very often: There are three levels of a -c separation. 1-level one usually dose not need repair. 2- level two , most likely dose not need repair. 3 level three most likely need repair. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

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