He posts because people like me who deal with this on a daily basis are around to give him advice and guide him through the process.
WHat kind of doctor did you see? Did you get X rays, did you get an MRI?
A grade 3 (depends on the scale he uses) is a COMPLETE separation meaning you most likely need surgery. It's a COMPLETE tear of the AC ligament and the CC ligament meaning your clavicle (collar bone) is sticking wayyyyy up right now if you have one. This cannot be confirmed by looking at it you need imaging.Now it depends on the classification the doc you saw, but when i throw a grade 3 sep around... it's no joke.
You need an MRI to see if there is any part of those ligaments intact. If there is, well, I wouldnt go on the trip. If there isnt any ligament left, well i still wouldnt go on the trip lol, cause you could fall and hurt something else.
This is EXACTLY why I posted! Thanks so much for replying. Anyway, I just went to one of those express clinic places. They took 3 x-rays but no MRI. The doc said she thought it was level 3, but couldn't be sure. I asked her to explain. but she really didn't say much except that I should see an orthro doc.
I had a bit of a bump, but it has gone down big time with ice application/anti-inflammatory meds. I injured it on Monday and two days later the pain isn't bad at all. Of course, I have been resting it the whole time.