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Shoulder Separation

What is Shoulder Separation?

A shoulder separation is where the clavicle and the scapula come together. There are three bones in the shoulder joint the humerus (arm bone) the scapula (shoulder blade) and clavicle (Collarbone). In a shoulder separation an injury or disruption occurs to the joint between the scapula and the clavicle when severe force is involved which causes torn ligaments.


 
Symptoms
  • Severe pain at the time of injury is the most common symptom
  • Swelling and bruising can also occur
Cause
  • Generally this is usually caused by a sudden traumatic event such as those sustained from injury in sports or road accidents
  • This can also occur in serious falls (such as falling from a bike)
Treatment
  • Treatment is dependent on the type of shoulder injury there are 5 grades of shoulder separation
  • Type 1 - Injury is to the surrounding area around the joint and the bones are not out of position
  • Type 2 - Injury to the surrounding area and the stabilizing ligaments around the shoulder
  • Type 3 - Same as type 2 but more significant
  • Type 4 - The clavicle is pushed behind the joint
  • Type 5 - The muscle above the joint is punctured and the clavicle is causing significant injury
  • Type 6 - The clavicle is pushed downwards and becomes lodged under the scapula
Prevention
  • Observing safety and wearing appropriate protective gear is essential
  • Wearing shoulder supports
 
 
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