Keeping You Body Wise - Separated Shoulder

by admin June 30, 2010
Question
I separated my shoulder. Is that a fracture?

Answer
No, a shoulder separation is actually a soft tissue injury. This injury frequently occurs from falls directly onto the shoulder. This injury involves the AC (acromioclavicular) joint which is a small joint on the “top” of the shoulder. Often the injury is revealed by a perceptible displacement of the joint and pain. It is classified as a sprain—grade I-III, where a grade I injury is nondisplaced; a grade III injury is 100% displaced and a grade II injury is somewhere in between. For the most part, these injuries are treated nonoperatively, but occasionally, surgery may be appropriate.

Andrew Rocca, M.D.
Board Certified – Orthopaedic Surgery

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