AC joint sprains are common in contact sports. Sports such as judo have an abundance of AC joint sprains. AC joint sprains and separations are use synonymously. The danger to the AC joint is both cartilaginous and ligamentous. The damage to these structures causes inflammation, pain, instability and weakness in the shoulder. The AC joint separation, on presentation, looks similar to impingement syndrome. The 3 keys to managing AC joint separation are as follows:
1) Limit overhead and full adduction activities
2) Strengthen the rotator cuff
3) Identify AC joint separation
These keys will help you develop a safe and effective post rehab program for the post rehab AC joint separation clinic.
Post Rehab Challenge
What are the signs and symptoms that identify the AC joint separation? How is the AC joint separation differentiated from shoulder impingement?