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Acromio-Clavicular (AC) Sprain

    Acromio-Clavicular (AC) Sprain

    One of the most common impact injuries to the shoulder is an acromio-clavicular (AC) sprain, or separation. The collarbone and “roof” bone of the scapula (acromion process) collide, often damaging the surrounding ligaments.  Usually the injury can be treated conservatively with a period of protected activity. If the deformity of the joint is severe enough, or if the two bones over-ride each other painfully during activites, operative stabilization of the joint may be required.