Treatment of grade III acromioclavicular separations in professional throwing athletes: results of a survey.

E. G. McFarland, S. J. Blivin, C. B. Doehring, L. A. Curl, C. Silberstein

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Abstract

Forty-two team orthopedists representing all 28 major league baseball teams were surveyed to ascertain their definitive treatment for a hypothetical starting rotation pitcher who had sustained a grade III acromioclavicular (AC) separation to his throwing arm 1 week before the season. Twenty-nine (69%) of the physicians would treat the injury nonoperatively, while 13 (31%) would operate immediately. Twenty-five (60%) of the orthopedists had actually treated a pitcher or position baseball player with a grade III AC separation in the throwing arm, the 25 treating a total of 32 patients. Twenty (63%) of these injuries were treated nonoperatively, and 12 (37%) were treated operatively. The physicians reported that 16 (80%) of the patients treated nonoperatively regained normal function and achieved complete relief of pain, while 18 (90%) had normal range of motion after treatment; of those treated operatively, 11 (92%) regained normal function, achieved complete relief of pain, and had normal range of motion after surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)771-774
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)
Volume26
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1997

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