SB Nation's Behind the Steel Curtain—January 14, 2016
Jeff Hartman from SB Nation's Behind the Steel Curtain interviews David A. Wang, MD, a primary care sports medicine physician at Hospital for Special Surgery, who comments on the Pittsburgh Steeler's quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who recently experienced a sprained AC joint.
Question: Ben Roethlisberger reportedly has a sprained AC joint, or a slight separation. In just a week's time, how much healing can actually be done to improve the performance at a position like QB?
Answer: A sprained AC joint, or "shoulder separation" can be graded from 1-6 depending on the severity of the injury. This ranges from a stretching of the ligaments at the AC joint to complete tears leading to damage of the surrounding shoulder structures. Depending on the grade of the injury (and as I am not treating the athlete, I am not aware of the extent of his injury), if there has been a high degree of ligament damage, the actual healing of the ligament will take much longer to heal. However, in a week's time, treatment can be done to address the acute inflammation, pain, and swelling that develop from the injury, which can allow better performance.
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