Treatment for pain from acromioclavicular joint separation
A “dislocated” shoulder, medically known as an acromioclavicular (AC) joint separation, is a common injury in contact sports. As the name suggests, it is a separation of the clavicle from the scapula. Chiropractic adjustments and massage can provide pain relief from a dislocated shoulder. A physical therapy program is also recommended to re-strengthen the joint. Moreover, a sports medicine program will target specific areas of damage in order to restore range of motion.
Levels of severity - dislocated shoulder
Grade 1: mild trauma causes shoulder sprain to the ligaments. Looks normal on X-Rays.
Grade 2: slight tear of the ligament, where the clavicle is out of alignment. Able to be seen on X-Ray.
Grade 3: A significant, severe separation where the ligaments will need surgery. The clavicle and scapula are noticeably out of the shoulder.
Grade 4: The coracoclavicular ligaments avulses from the clavicle. This type will require surgery.
Grade 5: The fibrous tissue of muscle becomes stripped off of the acromion and clavicle.
Grade 6: A dislocation of the clavicle’s distal end occurs.
The pain has wide variation
The rotator cuff has many muscles and tendons prone to injury. Thus, shoulder pain ranges from mild tenderness to excruciating pain. The affected area is characterized by swelling, bruising, noticeable bumps, and bluish skin. Years after healing there can still be lingering pain from impingement syndrome or frozen shoulder.
Blunt force trauma causes shoulder separation
Since the shoulder is very flexible, it is especially vulnerable to blunt force trauma occurring in contact sports. Football, hockey, rugby, wrestling are sports where the participants are at risk for shoulder sprain or strain. In this case, come see us for natural treatment before more invasive options like drugs or surgery.