Often confused with a dislocated shoulder, this injury concerns ligaments. After a hard fall or strike to the shoulder, the ligaments holding the shoulder blade and collarbone in place tear and sometimes totally detach from the joint. You’ll feel intense pain and see swelling and bruising at the top of your shoulder, and the now-unanchored collarbone might even jut out like a bulge under the skin. Also called an AC separation (after the acromioclavicular joint, the official name of the intersection where your shoulder blade and clavicle meet), this injury needs to be diagnosed by an M.D. They’ll take X-rays to rule out a fracture. A combination of rest, anti-inflammatory pain meds, and stretching or strengthening exercises should help a separated shoulder heal within six weeks.
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