Separated shoulder, also known as AC joint separation occurs from a direct fall on or blow to the shoulder. This injury accounts for 9%-12% of shoulder injuries. Continue reading to learn more about recognizing and treating AC joint separation.
Understanding the anatomy
Three bones form the shoulder joint: the humerus (upper arm bone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the clavicle (collarbone). The AC joint, short for acromioclavicular joint, is where the clavicle meets the highest portion of the scapula, the acromion, and is held together by the acromioclavicular (AC) ligament and coracoclavicular (CC) ligament.
Who gets AC joint separation?
This most often occurs in men in their 20’s who participate in contact sports like football, hockey, and wrestling. However, it can occur in anyone with a traumatic injury to the shoulder.
Picture this – you wake up in the middle of the night to a painful numbness or tingling in your hand. At first you think your hand is just asleep but this sensation doesn’t go away. If this is something you have experienced, you might be dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition that affects the nerve of your wrist. This can cause pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand. This condition affects the thumb, pointer, middle, and part of the ring finger.
The cause of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is inflammation of the nerve at the wrist. The inflammation causes swelling of the nerve in a confined space which results in increased pressure on the nerve. This pressure causes the nerve dysfunction. Nerve dysfunction leads to the numbness and tingling sensation that people experience. There is no single cause that leads to Carpal Tunnel. However, one of the most common causes is repetitive movement.
Treating orthopedic conditions, including sports injuries and arthritis, with regenerative therapies such as Stem Cell Therapy and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) is becoming more mainstream.
Peyton Manning reportedly traveled to Europe in 2011 for stem-cell therapy to treat a neck injury while playing for the Colts (Manning has not publicly acknowledged this). Andrew Luck also reportedly received PRP and stem cell therapy in 2015 to treat a shoulder injury. The truth is, that stem cell therapy has been widely used by elite athletes for quite some time. Hundreds of NFL players have been treated with stem cell therapy as reported in Sports Illustrated. The magazine noted on how running back Chris Johnson was treated with stem cells from his bone marrow to rebuild his cartilage after a knee injury.
Tri-State Orthopaedics recently celebrated the career of Dr. James M. Heinrich and the many years of devotion to his patients. Dr. Heinrich has been with Tri-State since January 1978 specializing in joint replacement, arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder, and ACL reconstruction. The relationship side to medicine is what gave Dr. Heinrich a profound sense of satisfaction. He always approached the field of medicine with a patient-centered mindset. In his words, “My promise to my patients is to treat them as I would want to be treated or as I would treat a member of my family.” The patients and staff cannot thank Dr. Heinrich enough for his 40 plus years dedicated to TSOS.
On behalf of the Tri-State family, we wish Dr. Heinrich a very happy retirement. We will miss you dearly!
Adhesive Capsulitis – also known as Frozen Shoulder – is a common cause of pain which affects up to five percent of adults. This article will cover everything you need to know about recognizing Adhesive Capsulitis and how to treat it.