AC Joint Separation Grading MRI and AC Joint Separation Grading X-Ray
Dr. Padalecki will perform a thorough medical review and physical examination in order to diagnose an AC joint injury and determine injury level based on the AC joint grading system. During the exam, he commonly moves and feels the injured joint to get a better understanding of injury and identify specific areas of pain and weakness. Dr. Padalecki will also perform an AC joint separation grading x-ray and MRI to help determine injury grade and treatment options.
The AC joint grading system helps Dr. Padalecki determine the appropriate treatment plan. Grades 1-3 are typically treated with non-operative measures such as rest, ice, medication and arm immobilization in a sling.
In order to fully recover and have full joint function, some patients with a more severe injury will require a surgical treatment designed to stabilize the AC joint. The surgical technique most commonly performed by Dr. Padalecki involves reconstruction of the CC ligaments and the removal of the shoulder end of the clavicle.
For more resources on the AC joint separation grading scale, or to determine your grade of injury with the assistance of an AC joint separation grading x-ray and MRI, please contact Dr. Jeff Padalecki, orthopedic shoulder specialist in the greater Austin, Texas area.