Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Separated Shoulder Treatment

Treatment for shoulder A-C separation varies with the severity (types 1-6) of the injury. Treatment for mild shoulder A-C separation usually includes rest, a sling, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Treatment for severe shoulder A-C separation may require surgery.

Treatment options for shoulder AC separation may include:

Separated Shoulder Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of shoulder AC separation.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
    • Will I need surgery?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Do I need to stay in the hospital?
    • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • Do I need a special exercise program?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • Will I need occupational therapy?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having a shoulder AC separation again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Separated Shoulder Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat a shoulder A-C separation:

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Last Updated: Jun 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Separated Shoulder References
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  2. Jerosch J, Filler T, Peuker E, Greig M, Siewering U. Which stabilization technique corrects anatomy best in patients with AC-separation? An experimental study. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 1999;7(6):365-72. [10639655]
  3. Rolla PR, Surace MF, Murena L. Arthroscopic treatment of acute acromioclavicular joint dislocation. Arthroscopy. 2004 Jul;20(6):662-8. [15241323]
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