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Diagnosis Orthopedics

Separated Shoulder

A separated shoulder can often be identified during a physical exam, but your doctor will likely use X-rays to gauge the severity. Other specialized tests, such as MRI or CT, may also help with diagnosis and detecting any associated injuries.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.