What is Shoulder Joint Separation Repair?

While shoulder joint separations can sound extremely serious (and they can be), this is actually a common injury incurred in sports or due to traumas. Most of these injuries are to the AC joint (medically known as the acromioclavicular joint), specifically. This particular joint is located where the clavicle (commonly known as the collarbone) meets the highest point of the shoulder blade (the acromion). While the pain associated with this injury ranges from mild to extreme based on the severity of your injury, oftentimes the ligaments attaching to the underside of the clavicle become sprained or even torn. This can cause deformity, significant discomfort and an impaired quality of life for many patients.

Our Treatment Approach

At OrthoCARE Institute, North Texas’s premier bone, joint and spinal center, we offer comprehensive and compassionate non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures for a number of conditions. After consulting with your experienced surgeon, he or she may recommend a combination of conservative treatments to resolve your shoulder joint separation. These treatments may include:

  • Rest and limited activity
  • Wearing a sling on the affected arm and shoulder
  • Cold packs
  • Pain medication
  • Focused exercise and physical therapy

In the event that conservative treatments are not successful or your shoulder joint separation is severe, surgery may be an option to adjust the clavicle and/or reconstruct the torn ligaments underneath the collarbone. Based on your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you in detail what will be required during your procedure and how they will restore normal function within the joint. This may include:

  • Removing small portions of the collarbone to better fit it into the joint
  • Reconstructing ligaments and reattaching them to the clavicle with sutures or screws
  • Intensive post-operative physical therapy to ensure that the joint heals correctly and the full strength and range of motion of the shoulder is eventually achieved

OrthoCARE Institute is committed to helping patients stay active, pain-free and healthy through treatment designed around each patient’s unique condition, goals, health history and symptoms. We look forward to using our experience and expertise to help you through your shoulder condition!

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