Acromioclavicular disruptions, also known as “shoulder separations” happen when a fall or blow tears one of the ligaments that connects the collarbone to the shoulder blade. Since it is no longer anchored, the collarbone may move out of position and push against the skin near the top of the shoulder. Patients usually recover with time. Depending on the severity, surgery may be advised.

Talk to your primary care provider and the shoulder surgeon about the factors you should consider before surgery. If surgery is determined to be the best course of action, the shoulder surgeon will thoroughly discuss the post-operative recovery and rehabilitation process.