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Separated Shoulder (Overview)

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Can you fix a separated shoulder by yourself?

Can you fix a separated shoulder by yourself?

No: If you have a shoulder separation you can either live with it or have it fixed. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

Separated Shoulder (Overview)

Separated shoulder


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Can pain in your scapula/shoulder blade associated with a separated shoulder?

Can pain in your scapula/shoulder blade associated with a separated shoulder?

Shoulder Blade Pain: Pain from a separated shoulder usually is limited to the a-c joint where the shoulder separated. Is your scapula pain right over the shoulder blade? Has your separated shoulder healed? If you have scapula pain when you raise your arm up sideway (abduction), but no pain at the a-c joint then I do not see a relationship and would look for another cause. ...Read more

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Can I play hockey (no contact) with a separated shoulder?

Can I play hockey (no contact) with a separated shoulder?

Possibly: It depends on the severity of the separation. Most mild shoulder separations settle down in a few weeks, and you can return to hockey. Despite playing in a no contact league, there is inevitably going to be some contact, which can aggravate the injury. You can also get tripped while skating and land on your shoulder, so you have to consider the risks associated with returning to play. ...Read more

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Do you think I am able to try to play hockey if I have a separated shoulder?

Do you think I am able to try to play hockey if I have a separated shoulder?

Yes: Yes, a separated shoulder is injury to the ligaments that hold your collar bone in place. Depending on the severity and symptoms, most people recover from a mild to moderate separated shoulder just fine and are able to participate in activities without much discomfort. More severe separations may require surgery. Recommend you see your doctor for further evaluation to determine the severity. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a separated shoulder and a dislocated shoulder?

What is the difference between a separated shoulder and a dislocated shoulder?

See below: A separated shoulder is really a sprain of the AC (acromioclavicular ) joint. They are graded from 1 to 3 with 1 taking a few weeks to heal and 3 taking 6-8 weeks to heal and sometimes requiring surgery. A dislocation is when the bone (humeral head) dislocated from the glenoid socket. Usually it can be reduced conservatively. If It is recurrent, you might need surgery. ...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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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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Do all shoulder injuries need a X-ray or mri? What are the symptoms of a separated shoulder and how do you get a separated shoulder?

Do all shoulder injuries need a X-ray or mri? What are the symptoms of a separated shoulder and how do you get a separated shoulder?

A shoulder injury-: -1'st needs an exam by an orthopedic surgeon. A separation is Dx'd by exam only images needed R X-rays, & that's 4 grading,1'st degree is not displaced, 2'nd=deformed but some ligaments R intact 3'd=very dfrmd. All need X-rays,& if significant MRI. U get by falling on the point of Ur shoulder,like a QB sack, ,or any force 2 the shldr in that direction. Auto accident, fall from height. Unable 2sho ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Is drinking alcohol a bad idea when I have a separated shoulder?

Yes: Drinking alcohol at any time during an injury or take the pain away from an injury is not a good idea. A separated shoulder is something that can be taken care of. Stop the drinking and go see an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more