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08-02-2015 11:16 PM
Torn AC Joint

I seperated my shoulder about 7 months ago. I was actively going to physio for 3 months. After that I felt like I had full range of motion back, pain free. I started working again and training at the gym. About a month ago, the limited range of motion and pain is back only this time it feels worse. I think I just over worked it a little too much.

As of now, my collarbone and shoulder is out of place, so I've been back at physio trying to get it re positioned. Unfortunately, my low patience and stubbornness got the best of me and now I'm in a worse situation. I can barley lift a glass or reach for something. I'm on meds Celebrix and T3 and even with taking those, I'm still in a lot of pain. Things like sleeping on it wrong, driving too long (stick shift) can trigger it. Forget trying to lift weights or rotating my shoulder back is a no go. According to my ultrasound I have an extreme inflammation. Ice packs and netflix are my best friend.

It's a really shitty injury because I could have okay days and then extremely bad ones. I was told with any sport injury due to the shoulder it can take up to years to completely heal. I just hope I can recover quickly, get back to work and be able to ride this season.
01-04-2013 07:54 PM
Backcountry Sucks. My friend broke his collar bone the other day while skiing on an iced up box. He even tripped down the stairs and had to catch himself on his right arm, which was the broken side.
01-04-2013 07:49 PM
Originally Posted by ig88 View Post
Feel sorry for the OP and hope he recovers fast from it.

What is the (proper) name of this injury? Is it called shoulder separation?
ty ty recovery is going along i guess
the pain has subsided a little bit but not by much

and special thanks to jml22 my e-doctor
01-04-2013 02:49 AM
jml22 well there's 2 classifications
grades 123
or Types 1-6
Grades usually refers to the ligament sprain (sprain = ligament tear)
So grade 3 = coracoclavicular ligament and acromioclavicular ligament rupture.

Types gets a little more detailed on the positioning and stuff.
01-04-2013 02:47 AM
airblaster503 Yeah I just looked at my pictures and definitely had a Type 3 separation. My collar bone was sitting close to 2 inches out of place.
01-04-2013 02:03 AM
Originally Posted by jml22 View Post
Grade 2 Acromioclavicular sprain
Thank you.
01-04-2013 01:59 AM
jml22 Grade 2 Acromioclavicular sprain
01-04-2013 01:56 AM
ig88 Feel sorry for the OP and hope he recovers fast from it.

What is the (proper) name of this injury? Is it called shoulder separation?
01-04-2013 12:56 AM
airblaster503 I separated my shoulder 3 year ago. Tore all the ligaments and just felt like my shoulder was floating. Didn't actually hurt to much but the specialist I went to recommended surgery. Glad I chose that since I have pretty much all of my mobility back, still gets sore sometimes. Good luck with the recovery and definitely stay on top of the PT.
01-03-2013 02:46 PM
Originally Posted by jml22 View Post
That's your decision to take it or not. right now in the acute stage, There are non anti inflammatory pain killers. Healthcare has this overwhelming obcession with Inflammation. If there is inflammation there's a reason for it, in this case it's because your body is trying to protect the area and figure out what to do with it. You want it to heal, so lets help that process along, not impede it with an anti-inflammatory drug

Make sure your clavicle is lined up with your acromion. Usually there should be a slight dip to where the joint should be. Basically you want to put that joint back in the right place and have the ligaments heal and hold it in place for good. Otherwise you'll be like me and have your clavicle move independently of the acromion. Sucks i learn this now that i'm in school for it :-(. Surgeon missed my AC sprain, PT missed it, GP missed it, everyone did. I dont' get how because there's a flipping bump there. anyways back to helping you

I wouldn't do surgery, my friend had a full rupture of both CC and AC ligaments and it failed so he has a bolt floating around in his body now lol.
It's just an AC rupture by the looks of it. If you really want to know if healing is possible at this point i'd get an MRI to see if there is any of the AC ligament left.

Last words so you're not completely scared, even if you don't get surgery and even if it heals out of place, it's not the end of the world. Baiscally what you do is you have to strengthen all your muscles. It's a huge misconception that you need to strengthen your cuff muscles only for this. Many practitioners across the spectrum will say oh do this this and this and refuse to look at the whole picture. So don't worry if timelines don't work out

For now, Steps
Ice for pain. Ice is probably the best because it flushes out the bad and causes more bloodflow to the area. Eat plenty of omegas 3s so the inflammation is controlled, multivitains, vit c. Just eat HEALTHY.
Position the sling so your scapula is in a nice neutral position and your clavicle is aligned with the acromion.
Shoulder must be relaxed in the sling or you'll make other problems.

We got a resident doc in tha houseeeeee (noted for future injuries.. im lookin for jml)

I usually ride with my sis who's a phys therapist.. got her doctorate 2 years ago and does all sports injuries. I'm usually taken care of right away if anything happens
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