A separated shoulder is a dislocation of the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. The MOI is a fall onto the point of the shoulder—the acromion process of the scapula—tearing ligaments and causing the clavicle to ride up and over the acromion; fractures of the acromion and clavicle are possible, but rare. It is a common mountain bike and snow board injury.
Separated Shoulder S/Sx
Separated Shoulder Treatment
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