Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Separated Shoulder
Signs and Symptoms

Tenderness and swelling at the top of the shoulder are common right after the injury; bruising in the area is usually seen about 48 hours later. With more severe injuries, the end of the collarbone may be prominent. Shortly after injury, most people find moving the arm and shoulder painful, as the entire area around the joint becomes inflamed.

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