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Shoulder Separation (cont.)

Shoulder Separation Diagnosis

The diagnosis for shoulder separation is made based on careful history taking and physical examination findings. X-rays are usually taken. The doctor may order X-rays with the patient holding weights to pull down on the shoulder joint to see if a shoulder separation is present.

Other injuries to the joint, muscles, and bone may require other tests such as an ultrasound or MRI. These are almost never ordered as part of the initial evaluation because the initial treatment plan may not change based on the results.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/11/2015

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