How is a Separated Shoulder Treated?
Non-surgical treatment, such as ice, rest, medication and a shoulder sling to minimize the pain, are often used. It is often worthwhile to wait to see if reasonable function returns and pain diminishes without surgical intervention.
What are Surgical Treatment Options for an AC Joint Injury?
AC injuries are graded from mild to severe. Grade 1, or non-surgical sprains and strains do not often require surgery. For patients in the Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities with higher grade joint separations, surgery may be needed. Dr. Mazzara can guide the patient’s decision for surgery, based on their overall goals and activity level. Early diagnosis and treatment may allow Dr Mazzara to repair the separated shoulder with special Kevlar sutures and anchors so that your own ligaments heal more naturally without the need for tendon grafts.
Dr. Mazzara commonly uses arthroscopic assisted AC joint stabilization to repair the separation of the clavicle from the shoulder blade and stabilize the joint. This procedure is minimally invasive, using small incisions, a small camera and special surgical instruments to operate inside the shoulder. The AC joint is reconstructed using a ligament graft and sutures to restore stability. Patient results are most favorable when followed by a physical therapy program.
If you have any questions regarding AC Joint Injury, separated shoulder or other shoulder conditions, please contact the offices of shoulder specialist, James Mazzara, MD, located in Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.