Do you compete in an overhead sport such as weightlifting, basketball or netball? If so, there is a good chance you have suffered some level of shoulder injury during your career. These injuries are common and can result in minor pain, swelling and discomfort.

A major shoulder injury can involve issues such as ligament damage and dislocation. Ignoring the symptoms of AC joint separation could be a career-ending decision. Without treatment, tears and dislocations will only worsen over time. There are several advanced treatment options that will get you back to action in the fastest time possible.

AC Joint Separation Symptoms

The symptoms leading up to and after an AC joint separation are not hard to spot. The first thing to look out for is pain in or around the shoulder. You may also notice that your shoulder grinds, cracks or movement is limited.

If an AC joint separates, the resulting physical deformity will be visible in the vast majority of cases. Some sufferers of shoulder dislocation also experience numbness due to nerve compression close to the joint. You should never ignore these symptoms and do not attempt to reposition the joint.

Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

If your shoulder feels unstable or the AC joint has separated, seek medical attention right away. An experienced orthopedist will normally use conservative methods to reposition the joint without the need for surgery.

However, in some instances, surgery is required to further strengthen and support the shoulder for effective and full recovery. Treatment recommendations should always be based on the specific needs of the individual.

Dr. Steve Struhl of AC Joint Separation is committed to taking the most conservative measures possible to repair shoulder joint injuries. If you need a reliable orthopedist in New York or Westchester, call our offices to book a consultation today.

Posted on behalf of Steven Struhl MD