Shoulder Separation - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman is a board-certified surgeon providing comprehensive treatment for Shoulder Separation. The Carrollton, TX based surgeon also has extensive experience in treating conditions such as Frozen Shoulder, Tennis Elbow, Shoulder Impingement etc.    

Shoulder Separation

Shoulder Separation is a condition characterized by damage to the acromioclavicular (AC) and coracoclavicular ligaments (CC) which connect the collar bone to the shoulder blade. People involved in contact sports such as Football, rugby, hockey wrestling etc. are at higher risk of developing the condition.  

Depending on the severity and cause, Shoulder Separation can be classified into:

  • Type I: In this, there is mild stretching of the AC ligament
  • Type II: The AC ligament gets completely torn at this stage
  • Type III: It involves tearing of both the AC and CC ligaments
  • Type IV, Type V, Type VI: It can result in Shoulder Dislocation and other severe injuries. Surgical treatment may be required in this case.

Causes Of Shoulder Separation

  • Trauma or sudden blow to the shoulder
  • Sports injuries
  • Repetitive stress to the shoulder
  • Fall or accidents

Symptoms Of Shoulder Separation

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Weakness
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Formation of a lump in the shoulder
  • Tenderness or numbness
  • Difficulty in movement

Diagnosis Of Shoulder Separation

The doctor may physically examine the shoulder and look for various symptoms. He may ask the patient about his medical history. Imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI, CT scan etc. may be recommended to determine the cause and severity of the condition.   

Treatment For Shoulder Separation

  • Icepacks or heat therapy: Application of ice packs at regular intervals may help to minimize swelling. Heat therapy can also be beneficial in relieving the symptoms.    
  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce discomfort. He may administer cortisone injections if the patient is experiencing severe pain.
  • Immobilization: Wearing a shoulder sling or a brace may help to restrict the joint’s movement. It may provide support to the shoulder and promote healing.     
  • Rest: The doctor may suggest providing adequate rest to the affected area. Vigorous activities that put strain on the shoulder joint must be avoided.   
  • Physical therapy: Certain exercises may be recommended by the doctor to improve strength and mobility of the shoulder. These may help to promote recovery.   
  • Surgery: If non-surgical treatment fails to provide relief, surgery may be recommended. The surgeon may repair torn ligaments to increase shoulder stability.  

For treatment of Shoulder Separation and other orthopedic conditions, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.