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October 22, 2021  
REFERENCE: Frequently Asked Questions
AC Separation
Q: While playing flag football, I fell and landed on my right shoulder. When seen by my doctor, he said that I had an A C separation (second stage). My collarbone is now sticking up and the doctor said that these types of injuries (90%) would heal themselves. He also said that the collarbone would remain like this. How long do I need to refrain from using the arm and what kind of time frame can I expect the shoulder to heal?
Answered by David Bailie M.D. on December 18, 2001
A: They do not "heal" themselves. However, despite the bump it may not be painful and not need any other treatment. You can resume all activities, as you feel better. Usually this takes 6-8 weeks. No sling is needed.
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