AC Joint Separation

A shoulder separation is the partial or complete separation of two parts of the shoulder:   The collarbone (clavicle) and the end of the shoulder blade (acromion). The collarbone and the shoulder blade (scapula) are connected by the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which is held together primarily by the acromioclavicular (AC) and the coracoclavicular (CC) ligaments. In a shoulder separation (also called an acromioclavicular joint injury), these ligaments are partially or completely torn.  Symptoms of a shoulder separation include pain at the moment the injury occurs, limited movement in the shoulder area, swelling and bruising and tenderness over the AC joint on top of the 

Whether you have a less serious AC joint separation requiring rest and immobilization or a more serious one requiring surgery, acupuncture can help.  Specifically, acupuncture will expedite the healing process of the torn ligaments by increasing the flow of energy and blood to the site of the injury.  Also, it will decrease the pain and inflammation in the region making the recovery time for the patient bearable.  In a nutshell, acupuncture will facilitate a faster and less painful recovery.