What is Shoulder Separation?
A shoulder separation occurs after a fall or a sharp blow to the top of the shoulder. This is not the same as a shoulder dislocation, which occurs at the large joint where the arm attaches to the shoulder, although this two may appear to be the same. The shoulder separation sometime also known as acromioclavicular (AC) dislocation, is an injury to the junction between the collarbone and the shoulder. It is usually a soft-tissue or ligament injury but may include a fracture.
Symptoms of Shoulder Separation
- Pain to the top of the shoulder
- An obvious upward pointing lump on the top of the shoulder
- Tenderness at the joint area
Causes of Shoulder Separation
- A sharp blow or a fall causes the collarbone to be forced away from the bone of the shoulder
Treatment for Shoulder Separation
- Shoulder Slings
- Surgical Treatment