AC Joint Sprains are a staple of what we treat every day. They are also known as:
🔻Acromio-Clavicular Joint Sprains
These are NOT shoulder dislocations. But typically occur from a traumatic force where the collarbone shears ↪️away form the shoulder blade. They happen a lot in activities like:
Severity varies a lot, and are graded from 1-6 depending on ligaments affected.
1️⃣AC Ligaments Sprained, some swelling
2️⃣AC ligaments and Coraco-Clavicular Ligaments sprained, some deformity
3️⃣ AC and CC Sprained, with deformity and a lot of swelling
4️⃣to 6️⃣Usually Require Surgery
◼️Rehab for mild sprains usually takes 4-6 weeks. Most injuries I’ll typically put through a week of rest, then start working isometric exercises in pain-free positions, finally progressing to sport-specific exercises.
💪Push-Ups, Side Planks and Bench Press will be painful for much of recovery. I like my clients to be able to do some intensity of these before return.