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A severed shoulder is an injury to the ligaments that hold your collarbone (collarbone) to your shoulder blade. If the shoulder is slightly severed, the ligaments can simply be stretched. In the event of severe injuries, ligaments can be torn.
For most people, having a separate shoulder usually doesn’t require surgery. Instead, conservative treatment – such as rest, ice, and pain medication – is often enough to relieve pain. Most people regain full shoulder function within a few weeks of a shoulder separation.
Signs and symptoms of a split shoulder can include:
Weakness of the shoulder or arm
Bruising or swelling of the shoulder
Limited shoulder movement
A lump and swelling on the top of your shoulder
The most common cause of a severed shoulder is a blow on the shoulder or a fall directly on the shoulder. The injury can stretch or tear the ligaments that hold your collarbone to your shoulder blade.
Participating in contact sports, such as soccer and hockey, or sports that can lead to falls, such as skiing, gymnastics, and volleyball, can increase the risk of a broken shoulder.