Sprained joint between collar bone and shoulder blade

We have examined you and have ascertained that you have injured the joint between your collar bone and shoulder blade, also known as the AC joint or the acromioclavicular joint.

About your visit

We have examined you and have ascertained that you have injured the joint between your collar bone and shoulder blade, also known as the AC joint or the acromioclavicular joint.

When you get home

Contact your general practitioner if the pain or swelling increases

It is normal to feel pain in the joint when you have an injury. The joint may also bruise and swell a little bit. These symptoms will disappear within a few weeks. Avoid any heavy lifting or pushing during this period.

Call your general practitioner if the pain continues or the shoulder is still swollen after one week.

Take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain

You should take pain-relieving medicine if you are in pain. Pain-relieving medicine can be bought over the counter. Take only the amount of pain reliever recommended on the package. Contact your general practitioner if you need help managing the pain.  

Use a sling

If you are in a lot of pain, it can help to wear a sling on your arm occasionally.

Move your arm

Move your arm several times a day, in all directions, right up to your pain threshold. Your physician may have laid out a plan for how much load you should place on your arm or how much you may move it. Always follow this plan.

You can begin exercising again once the swelling and pain have ceased

You can begin exercising again once the pain and swelling have ceased. It is important to start slowly and always pay attention to how your body reacts. Plan your exercises around times when your pain is well managed. You may exercise to the edge of your pain threshold.

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