AC Joint Separation Grading MRI and AC Joint Separation Grading X-Ray
In order to diagnose an AC joint injury and determine the injury level based on the AC joint grading system, Dr. Millett will perform a complete medical review and physical examination. He typically moves and feels the injured joint to get a better understanding of injury and to identify areas of pain and weakness. In many cases, Dr. Millett will perform an AC joint separation grading MRI and AC joint separation grading x-ray. Both diagnostic tests will help determine injury grade and an appropriate treatment plan.
The treatment of an AC separation depends on the injury grade. Grades 1-3 are commonly treated with non-operative measures such as rest, ice medication and arm stabilization in a sling.
Certain patients with a grade 3 AC joint separation will need a surgical treatment to fully recover. The surgical technique most commonly performed by Dr. Millett involves the reconstruction of the CC ligaments and the removal of a small piece of the clavicle at the shoulder. Using a screw or suture loop, he will stabilize the joint which allows for a full recovery in most patients.
For more resources on the AC joint separation grading scale, or to determine your grade of injury with an AC joint separation grading x-ray and MRI, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Peter Millett.