Physical Therapy Demystified: Acromioclavicular Joint Separation

There's nowhere better than Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy in the Upper West Side to go for physical therapy for your damaged shoulder...unless it's Sloane Stecker Physical Therapy in Westchester. 

Acromioclavicular Joint Separation is a common shoulder injury, especially in most sports and other athletic activities. Most shoulder separation injuries are actually acromioclavicular joint separations. The AC joint connects the scapula to the collar bone. While an AC joint injury is rather common, it can still be easily confused with other shoulder joint injuries. 

The AC joint is where the acromion and the clavicle meet, This intersection is tethered together by the AC ligament. Like most injuries, damage to the AC joint is measured in varying degrees of increasing damage. These are separated into grade 1, grade 2, and complete tears, or grade 3 injuries. 

Generally this separation happens from a fall and the resulting pain, depending on the grade of the injury, might be dull and aching or might manifest in severe bruising and swelling. If there is a complete tear, the fall might be accompanied by a loud POP!

Depending on the injury you can either pursue a course of physical therapy that is pre or post surgical. Not all recommendations for surgery necessarily require you to go under the knife. If you've had a doctor recommend surgery but you want a second opinion, then come by our New York City or Westchester Physical Therapy offices and our physical therapists will offer their specialist opinion on your case as well. 

As you being physical therapy for your shoulder injury, the focus will be on minimizing pain and managing the injury. This might include gentle icing or electronic stimulation. Eventually you'll begin to work on strengthening the joint and surrounding muscles and in building back up your range of motion. 

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