AC Joint DislocationAcromioclavicular dislocation of the collarbone
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What is AC Joint Dislocation?
About Dr Colvin
Dr. David Colvin, orthopaedic surgeon in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
The signs and symptoms for an AC Joint Dislocation
What to look for with an AC Joint Dislocation:
- Pain at the end of the collarbone or on top of the shoulder.
- Pain aggravated by heavy lifting or lifting the arm overhead
- Swelling on top of the shoulder
- A visible lump where the end of the collarbone is displaced upwards stretching the skin.
How do we diagnose an AC Dislocation?
In shoulder and knee reconstruction, successful outcomes from an operation are 50% surgery and the other half is rehabilitation. So you could say the surgery is the easy bit, and the rehabilitation is all hard slog. Dr Colvin’s CO.RE exercise programs are just that: a core plan for your successful recovery.
The three grades for AC injuries
A three-point grading system is used to classify AC Joint Dislocation.
This is a mild sprain of the AC joint. There is no significant displacement to the collarbone (clavicle). The main ligaments holding the clavicle down, are intact.
A moderately severe injury to the AC joint. There is some upward displacement of the clavicle which may or may not be visible on examination. The coracoclavicular ligaments are sprained but not completely torn.
A severe dislocation with complete separation of the joint. There is a very obvious deformity with the end of the clavicle clearly popping upwards. The coracoclavicular ligaments are completely torn.
AC Joint Dislocation with Dr Colvin
The grade of an AC injury will determine its treatment. Grade I and Grade II injuries are usually treated nonoperatively by your orthopaedic surgeon.
Many patients with Grade III AC Joint Dislocations opt for early surgical reconstruction. If not treated surgically the bump is permanent and it may also be cosmetically unacceptable. The majority of Grade III AC joint dislocations typically remain painful without surgical treatment.
Dr Colvin will discuss the pros and cons of AC joint reconstruction with you thoroughly. If you need an experienced orthopaedic surgeon to assist with your AC Joint Dislocation in Perth, call 08 9489 8788. Or book your appointment online using the form below.
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Subiaco WA 6008