Acromioclavicular Joint Injury
An acromioclavicular joint injury can result from a direct blow or fall on the "tip" of the unprotected shoulder or from direct force to the anterior or front of the outstretched arm (i.e. arm tackling), which can cause deformity or elevation of the far, or distal end of the clavicle, pain, and swelling.
Treatment with ice and compression; refer to an emergency department to rule out a fracture.
Rehabilitation is similar to a clavicle fracture but does not take as long. Gradual range of motion exercises and strengthening can be done as soon as tolerated.
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