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Emergency Medical Minute


Sep 21, 2018

Author:  Ryan Circh, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • A “shoulder separation” is when the clavicle separates from the scapula - also referred to as an acromio-clavicular (AC) separation
  • Diagnosis is clinical: pain over AC joint, pain with adduction, and difficulty raising harm past horizontal
  • Early range of motion can be critical for recovery




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