What is the treatment for an AC joint separation?
Non-surgical therapies are often successful in patients with mild AC joint injuries. The joint is immobilized with a sling or other device allowing the ligaments to heal properly. Rest, ice application, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are recommended to control the pain and swelling associated with an AC joint injury. Improving shoulder strength and range of motion is also important for a successful recovery. However, in the event of a complete disruption of the AC joint capsule, surgical repair, to realign the clavicle with the acromion, is often necessary. This realignment is accomplished by suturing the AC joint capsule back into the correct anatomical position. Dr. Ronak Mukesh Patel, orthopedic shoulder doctor, treats patients in Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area who have suffered an AC joint injury and are in need of surgical reconstruction.