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At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy, Dr. Vipul Nanavati is dedicated to helping patients suffering from shoulder separation. Dr. Nanavati works individually with each patient to determine treatment options for a shoulder separation due to an AC ligament tear.
The AC, or acromioclavicular ligaments stabilize the shoulder joints. An AC ligament tear is a serious injury and a form of shoulder separation. The most common cause of an AC ligament tear is falling on the shoulder.
Symptoms of an AC ligament tear include:
An AC ligament tear is easy to diagnose when a deformity of the shoulder occurs. However, if there is not a deformity, an AC ligament tear can be more difficult to diagnose. It is important for patients to explain the exact location of their pain to an orthopedic surgeon specializing in shoulder conditions. X-rays are then taken determine if there is a tear in the AC ligament.
Initial treatment for an AC ligament tear includes:
In severe cases when pain is persistent or the shoulder remains deformed after initial conservative treatment, surgical reconstruction of the ligaments is the recommended treatment option. Rehabilitation is needed following correction of the AC ligament tear.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, is led by orthopedic surgeons specializing in the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand conditions, including but not limited to bursitis, tendonitis, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow. Mercy Medical Center has been named a Best National Hospital in Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, placing it among the top shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand hospitals.
The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center is part of The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital at Mercy Medical Center.
Dr. Vipul Nanavati, Director of The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center, is an orthopedic surgeon specialized in the repair and reconstruction of injuries to the upper extremities.
An OR nurse gets treatment at Mercy for her torn rotator cuff and now is back to swinging her grandchildren in the air without any pain.