I treated a hockey player recently who had suffered acromioclavicular separation, or AC separation. Hockey is a dangerous sport and this type of injury is not uncommon. In his case the treatment involved referral to a shoulder surgeon and shoulder pinning, which came as quite a shock to the hockey player.
Shoulder pinning isn’t as bad as it sounds though. Shoulder pinning is one of the safest and easiest ways to set a shoulder in place and usually results in a full recovery.
Pinning is one of the safest and easiest ways to set a shoulder in place, but it relies wholeheartedly on the participation and dependability of the patient. However, shoulder surgery is usually only done in select cases, and each case is individually discussed with the surgeon.