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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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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?

Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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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?

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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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


Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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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?

Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
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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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Dr. Edward Hellman
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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?

Dr. Edward Hellman
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Victor Khabie
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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Is surgery the only option for a grade II AC joint separation?

Dr. Victor Khabie
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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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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
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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?

Dr. Christopher Ferguson
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Injection: If still painful after 4 years, surgery may very well be required. Physical therapy and possibly a cortisone injection could be tried first. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Wilson
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How long does it take to recover from grade 3 AC joint seperation surgery?

Dr. Joseph Wilson
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Will a grade 2 AC joint separation disqualify me from the army?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Army entry: see: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/extremities3.htm & http://usmilitary.about.com/od/joiningthemilitary/a/extremities.htm

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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What is the definition or description of: AC joint separation repair?

Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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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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Dr. Joseph Wilson
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Will an AC joint separation affect me much?

Dr. Joseph Wilson
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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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Dr. Joseph Wilson
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What can be done about AC joint separation ?

Dr. Joseph Wilson
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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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