Acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation is a common shoulder injury in many contact sports, affecting the mobility and the aesthetics of the shoulder joint. Dr. Steven Struhl is one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country, specializing in AC joint separation treatment and surgery at his clinics in NYC and Westchester. If you have been diagnosed with an AC joint injury that is causing pain or a shoulder deformity, Dr. Struhl and his team can explain the options available for treatment.

The AC joint is part of the shoulder configuration, involving the connection between the clavicle and acromion. An AC joint separation injury occurs when a direct impact to the shoulder occurs that tears or ruptures the AC joint capsule and coracoclavicular ligaments. This results in the scapula dropping, creating separation between the clavicle and the main shoulder, or glenohumeral joint. Most AC joint separation injuries are caused by a fall that impacts the top of the scapula, forcing it down and away from the clavicle.

Understanding AC Joint injuries

AC joint separation injuries are less common than other types of shoulder injuries. The symptoms can be less severe than injuries to the main shoulder joint, but a diagnosis and treatment are still critical to prevent further damage and restore complete function. To learn more about AC joint separation and the dynamics of these injuries, visit the following informational pages on the components involved, symptoms and treatment options:

AC joint separation can be effectively treated to restore the function and stability of the shoulder. If you have sustained an AC joint separation injury and need a diagnosis or treatment, contact us at one of Dr. Steven Struhl’s clinics for an appointment or for more information on hours, insurance acceptance and availability. We have clinics in NYC and Westchester specializing in AC joint separation.