A shoulder separation is an injury to the acromioclaviclar (AC) joint.
The shoulder is a joint that is formed by three bones: the collarbone, the shoulder blade, and the arm bone. A shoulder separation occurs where the collarbone and the shoulder blade come together. A separation is most commonly a result of a sudden, traumatic event such as a direct blow to the shoulder or a fall on an outstretched hand.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, and bruising in the shoulder area.
Treatments include icing, rest, medication, Regenerative Injection Therapy, orthopedic surgery, and/or physical therapy.