Shoulder Separation

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This is an injury of the acromioclavicular joint (commonly called the "AC" joint). This is the joint where the clavicle meets the scapula. A shoulder separation is a stretching or a tearing of the ligaments that support these bones. This allows the bones to move out of position.

What is shoulder separation?

This detailed video describes shoulder separation, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment. Treatment options include rest, ice and medications. You may benefit from physical therapy. A severe injury may require surgical repair. Your healthcare provider can create a care plan that is right for your needs.