Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Separated Shoulder
Signs and Symptoms

Tenderness and swelling on the top of the shoulder at the AC joint is common after the injury. There is usually bruising after about 48 hours in the area as well. Early after the injury, it is often painful to move the arm and shoulder, as the entire area around the AC joint becomes inflamed.

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