Separated Shoulder

Separated Shoulder Symptoms and Treatment

What is a separated shoulder?

separated-shoulder-300x288A separated shoulder occurs when the ligaments connecting the collarbone to the shoulder blade are torn. Symptoms of a separated shoulder include:

  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Limited movement of the area
  • Bruising, swelling, and tenderness
  • Visible deformity of the area

What causes a separated shoulder?

A hard, direct blow like those commonly sustained in car accidents can cause a separated shoulder. This can often stretch or tear the ligaments, resulting in separation of the collarbone and shoulder blade.

How is a separated shoulder diagnosed?

Your doctor will first ask you questions about your accident and physically examine your shoulder. A separated shoulder can often be diagnosed with only a physical exam. However, your physician may send you for a shoulder x-ray or an on-site MRI to rule out more serious injuries.

How do you treat a separated shoulder?

A separated shoulder can often be treated with a combination of rest and immobilization, ice, pain management, and physical therapy exercises. In very severe cases of separation, surgery may be necessary.

What is the recovery time for a separated shoulder?

Full recovery for a separated shoulder can occur within six weeks, although stiffness may occur after that time period. You also may be left with a permanent but painless bump on your shoulder.

If you’ve been in a car accident in New Jersey and need treatment for a separated shoulder, please call us at 866-609-4448 or fill out our quick contact form for FREE consultation.