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What is the treatment for AC joint separation?

What is the treatment for AC joint separation?

It depends: On the grade, 1-obesvation and treatment, 2- also could be treated by the method, 3- most likely need surgery. Ther are classification for those injuries are more detailed. ...Read more

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Dr. William Singer
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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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Ac separation? Or other shoulder injury? Someone, tackled me three nights ago while i was not looking. I felt 3-4 "pops" and thought it was just my neck. My shoulder hurt immediately and has not stopped hurting. I went to an urgent care. There were no

Ac separation? Or other shoulder injury? Someone, tackled me three nights ago while i was not looking.  I felt 3-4 "pops" and thought it was just my neck. My shoulder hurt immediately and has not stopped hurting.  I went to an urgent care.  There were no

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 someone do for a level 1 AC separation?

PRICE: Pain meds, --: Rest in a sling, Ice pack over the shoulder or Cold compression over the site, and elevation (in the sling), is generally what I use for the Grade 1 AC separation. ...Read more

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Ac joint separation question. What is AC joint?

More information: Learn more about ac separation here: http://theshouldercenter.Com/separated-shoulder.Htm. ...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?

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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How long does it take for AC joint separation to heal? XR 3 years ago showed AC joint separation. Recent XR shows grade 2 separation. Still have pain

How long does it take for AC joint separation to heal? XR 3 years ago showed AC joint separation. Recent XR shows grade 2 separation. Still have pain

This is it: At 3 years, you are as likely as good as you will be. Sprains heal in about 6-12 weeks, and symptoms can linger after that, but after 3 years, there is no expectation of change.

A grade 2 AC seperation typically is not painful long term. You need to have an exam and figure out what the correct diagnosis is. You may have developed arthritis in the AC joint. Injections and surgery are an option ...Read more

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Is AC widening the same as AC separation?

Is AC widening the same as AC separation?

Not necessarily: Separation of the acromioclavicular (ac) joint is a result of an injury where the ligaments stabilizing the ac joint are injured or torn. The ac joint may be wide for reasons other than trauma such as resorption of the tip of the clavicle from conditions such as hyperparathyroidism, or chronic injury from activities such as weight-lifting. ...Read more

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Concerned that i might have AC separation on my right shoulder. Please answer i don't want to injure more.

Concerned that i might have AC separation on my right shoulder. Please answer i don't want to injure more.

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 a 4th degree AC separation from a snowboarding accident 5 years ago. Would there be any point in getting surgery now?

I have a 4th degree AC separation from a snowboarding accident 5 years ago. Would there be any point in getting surgery now?

Possibly: If you are having significant pain, instability or problem doing your normal activities or sports you may need to have something done to help improve your situation but i wouldnt have it done only for cosmetic reasons. ...Read more

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3rd degree AC separation. My question is if i pull the bone in place with elastic wrap will the ligaments reconnect ?

3rd degree AC separation. My question is if i pull the bone in place with elastic wrap will the ligaments reconnect ?

AC Sprain: No. A third degree sprain means that you have injured the acromioclavicular, corococlavicular, and corocoacromial ligaments and the are torn. They will not reconnect by holding the joint close to its normal position. ...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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Any weights routine for post-ac joint separation?

Any weights routine for post-ac joint separation?

None til healed: After it has healed(no pain) start range of motion for the shoulder then add gradually increasing weights for the shoulder and add shrugs last. ...Read more

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

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

Shoulder sprain: 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 the scapula or shoulder. ...Read more

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

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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Is it necessary to go to the doctors if AC joint separation?

Shoulder separation: Most ac joint injuries are treated successfully without surgery. However, without an x-ray, it would be impossible to differentiate ac separation from distal clavicle fracture. I recommend evaluation with x-rays to be sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it necessary to go to the doctors for an AC joint separation?

Is it necessary to go to the doctors for an 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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