Shoulder Sprain/Separation :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Shoulder Sprain/Separation

What is a shoulder sprain/separation?

  • A shoulder sprain is a stretching or tearing of the Acromioclavicular (AC) ligament. This is located where your “collar bone” and shoulder meet, often called the AC joint.

What causes a low back strain?

  • A shoulder sprain usually occurs from a direct blow to the area.
  • Falling on an outstretched arm/hand.
  • Landing directly on the shoulder itself.

 What are the symptoms?

  • Immediate pain in the shoulder after a direct blow or landing on it.
  • Pain and stiffness at the joint with movement or activity.
  • Sometimes a bump or obvious deformity is seen at the AC joint.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If rest, ice, and compression are not improving the condition.
  • If you are unsure about the severity of the condition.
  • If there is an obvious deformity or bump at the AC joint.

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