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Impact Injuries and Shoulder Pain

Sudden, harsh impact to the shoulder can lead to shoulder pain caused by impact injuries.

This is usually an injury to the acromioclavicular joint and there are certain things that you can do to prevent it happening in certain circumstances.

What Happens with an Impact Injury to the Shoulder?

A sudden, traumatic event may lead to an injury to the acromioclavicular joint known as shoulder separation.

The AC Joint is the joint between the scapula and clavicle and when this joint is damaged shoulder separation occurs.

This can occur during high impact sports such as rugby, football or hockey or when you fall on an outstretched hand.

Shoulder Supports

Wear shoulder supports when playing High Impact sports or where there is a danger of impact in the sport.

If you are taking part in rugby, football, or hockey then you should always wear shoulder supports to protect your shoulders against impact injuries.

Impact injuries can also occur when you fall off a bicycle or horse and so if you are a serious cyclist or rider then you may want to consider using shoulder supports when you do this as well.

Exercise Your Shoulder Muscles Properly

Strengthening your shoulder muscles with exercise and ensuring that you are using the correct techniques during sport can also help to prevent shoulder injuries.

Be Careful

Although there are some tips that can be useful in preventing impact injuries during sport, often acromioclavicular injury occurs during falls as well.

There is not much that can be done to prevent falls except to just take general safety precautions – particularly when cycling or riding a horse and around your home.

Try to prevent accidents where possible and if you do happen to fall and feel that you have injured your shoulder then get help immediately.

Acromioclavicular injuries are generally impact injuries either from high-impact sports or from falling on your hand.

Although certain precautions can be taken to prevent injury during sport – such as wearing shoulder pads, practicing correct technique and exercising; less can be done about falling except to be careful and take general safety precautions.

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