Acromioclavicular Joint Injury

Also known as: AC joint injury, shoulder separation

What is acromioclavicular joint injury?

The acromioclavicular joint is the union of bone where the high point of the shoulder blade meets with the collar bone. When this joint becomes injured, it is known as an acromioclavicular joint injury. It is also commonly called a shoulder separation.

What causes acromioclavicular joint injury?

Injuries or accidents are the most common causes of acromioclavicular joint injury. It frequently occurs due to a fall onto the shoulder.

What are the symptoms of acromioclavicular joint injury?

Symptoms of acromioclavicular joint injury will vary based on the severity of the injury. They can range from pain to loss of motion to deformity of the shoulder.

What are acromioclavicular joint injury care options?

In mild cases, the acromioclavicular joint injury can resolve with rest, restricted motion and treatment of pain with cold packs and pain relievers. More serious injuries will require surgery to correct the problem.


Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: August 19, 2020 03:34 PM

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