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 Shoulder Sprain?
- 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.