If surgery is unnecessary, treatment will focus on the restoration of shoulder motion after the shoulder has been immobilized for a period of time to recover from the trauma. It is crucial to get the shoulder moving again while protecting the acromioclavicular joint to prevent frozen shoulder.
As the pain dissipates, strengthening exercises should be initiated to prevent muscle weakness and atrophy. Physical therapy following surgery for a shoulder separation will be delayed, but the program will have the same goals and purpose. Common treatment methods of a shoulder separation includes: