AC Separation

AC separation occurs because of a tear in the tissue connecting the top of the shoulder to the blade. Fall usually causes this injury on the shoulder.

Symptoms of AC Separation

  • The patient may feel pain at the top of the shoulder.
  • The shoulder may look abnormal.


  • The use of a sling.
  • The patient may be asked to place ice packs on the affected shoulder.
  • The doctor may administer the patient with pain relief medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
AC - Seperation image of the shoulder.