Acromioclavicular Joint Sprain/ Separation

The Acromioclavicular joint is the joint at the top of the shoulder that connects the distal end of the clavicle (collar bone) to the scapula. It functions in shoulder and arm movements to provide stability and allow a proper range of motion. Following injury, an accident or a fall on an outstretched arm/hand the two bones and surrounding ligaments can become irritated, sprained, or even separated. Separation occurs when ligaments are damaged and pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion can ensue. Like any ligament or joint pathology a proper treatment plan is necessary with rehabilitation of the target tissues. Treatment of these conditions usually involves a combination of Chiropractic care, Active Release Technique, Functional Range Release, Graston, Kinesiotape, or Acupuncture.