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AC Separation

AC separation, also known as acromioclavicular separation, is an injury that occurs when the ligaments that connect the collarbone to the shoulder blade are stretched or torn. This can cause the collarbone to separate from the shoulder blade, leading to pain, swelling, and difficulty with movement in the affected shoulder.

AC separation can occur due to a variety of factors, including falls, sports injuries, and motor vehicle accidents. The severity of the injury can vary depending on the extent of ligament damage and the degree of collarbone displacement.

Treatment for AC separation can depend on the severity of the injury. In mild cases, conservative treatments such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation may be recommended to reduce pain and swelling in the affected area. A sling or brace may also be used to immobilize the shoulder and support the collarbone as it heals.

For more severe cases of AC separation, surgery may be necessary to repair or reconstruct the damaged ligaments. This can involve using screws, plates, or wires to hold the collarbone in place while the ligaments heal.

If you are experiencing shoulder pain or other symptoms, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause and the best course of treatment for your individual needs. With proper treatment and management, it is possible to alleviate pain and improve function in the affected shoulder joint.

AC Separation
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