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    Shoulder Separation Severity

    Suffered what I think is a shoulder separation ~1 week ago.

    I'm trying to figure out if it is a Grade II or III. A Grade I would be a nice surprise, but it's probably worse than that.

    ER doc said it was an AC sprain and that I'm fine. He was kind of an ass though. I can definitely feel my clavicle protruding, but it doesn't seem like a large "tenting" of the skin like I've seen in many pictures of Grade III.

    I can push the clavicle back down, but it requires a lot of force. On youtube I saw some videos where it seemed incredibly easy to push the clavicle down on a grade III.

    It seems to protrude a bit less after the Chiropractor "adjusts" me. Chiro took x-rays too, but I only have lo res pics on my phone, and when I ask him to seem them he tells me he doesn't have time to show me. Idk. Might have to do some research on the Freedom of Information Act

    Injured side shoulder does not hang lower.

    After 1 week, abduction is painful once my wrist is above my head. Internal and external rotation are fine. It hurts if I don't have it in a sling for a long period of time (yesterday work was ~10hr). I move it, but don't lift anything.

    The most difficult thing to do is raise my arm up while it is being supported by a desk/table about sternum high.

    Any ideas on how bad it might be? I know it's impossible for you all to know from reading this, and probably pointless even if you did know, but I get kind of obsessed when I'm injured.

    Thanks

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    Post X-rays....
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachariah View Post
    Post X-rays....
    Shoulder Separation Severity-img_0287_zpsa9c99e02.jpgShoulder Separation Severity-img_0288_zpsf5536bc4.jpg

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    Judging by how far the collarbone is sticking up, I'd say grade 3. Check this out:

    Acromioclavicular Joint Separation - Patient Education - Orthogate

    Mine is grade 3 and it looks similar. The ortho surgeon said I don't need surgery. The pain has gone away, it's been 2 months. Good luck.
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    Can't actually see the AC joint in those Xrays... either way you some be fine with some rest and PT.

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    There's a BIG thread on AC separations on this forum, here:

    Ac Separation (shoulder Separation)
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