Re: nerve damage from AC Separation?
Welcome to the board.
So unfortunately you had a grade 3, a complete tear of both of the ligaments of the A/C joint, and the clavicle to the coracoid of the shoulder blade. Therefore you must have some deformity compared to the other shoulder. At one time these were operated on but the results were no better than leaving them as they were. The A/C joint seems to be the only joint that you can leave dislocated. It is innervated by C4 so should only give pain in that area around the top of the shoulder. Tell us how you injured the joint, for instance did you fall to the gound depressing your shoulder down and protecting your head by lifting it away from the injured side? If this was the action that took place the brachial plexus could have been stretched, anything from the 5th Cervical to the 1st thoracic. Has anyone examined your neck and checked for muscle strength. It may be that you have some weakness and some joint dysfunction in the cervical spine. An EMG could be in order. Have your Doc or PT test you and compare the neck and shoulder ranges and strength on either side and also check for skin colour and texture. Let us know what happens. Final thought, did your eye on the painfull side look any different at the time or soon after?
Last edited by james079; 06-12-2011 at 08:13 AM.