The AC joint is the joint at the end of the collarbone and the beginning of the shoulder blade. This joint is most commonly injured due to falls directly on the shoulder, or falling with an outstretched arm. Injury to the AC joint is commonly referred to as a shoulder separation, as there can be a visible step at the end of the collarbone. Depending on the amount of damage to the AC joint, some injuries can heal with conservative care, while others require surgery to repair.
Common symptoms of an AC joint sprain are pain on the top of the shoulder with movement, swelling around the shoulder, decreased shoulder range of motion, and a bump located at the end of the clavicle.
The Chiropractors at Mountainview Chiropractic Center will assess the shoulder joint as well as the surrounding structures to determine the appropriate treatment protocol for the patient
The practitioners treat AC joint sprains by:
- Immobilizing the shoulder to allow the injured joint to heal
- Chiropractic adjustments to restore normal joint motion
- Myofascial release to release adhesions in damaged tissue and take stress off the joints
- Rehabilitation exercises to provide stability to the shoulder and AC joint
We have a history of treating patients with certain AC joint injuries very effectively!
We would love to help you reduce your shoulder pain!