Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatments of an AC joint sepration injury in one minute!
The AC joint is where the collar bone meets the acromion process of the shoulder blade. This can be felt as the bony bit at the top of the shoulder. It is often injured by a fall on to the shoulder.
Symptoms include pain in the shoulder which is later localised to the AC joint. Pain is often felt on raising the arms above the head. There may be a bump visible at the joint. Sprains are graded 1-6 depending on severity.
Treatment includes rest, immobilisation and application of cold therapy. Taping may be necessary to help it heal in place. Ultrasound may also be helpful. A full rehab programme should be undertaken to avoid future shoulder problems.