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DeAndre Hopkins suffers AC joint separation-Dr. Patel

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DeAndre Hopkins suffered a grade 3 AC joint separation on Saturday’s loss to the Colts. These are commonly called “shoulder separations” and occur from hard falls resulting in the ligaments between the clavicle (“collar bone”) and shoulder girdle tearing. These can be considered mild (Type I or II), moderate (Type III), or severe (Type IV or V).

(Courtesy of Brisbane Knee and Shoulder Clinic)

 

Type III separations are treated without surgery initially. Cases with continued pain after a period of rest and rehab can be treated successfully with surgery if needed to secure the bones back together. Recovery is around 10- 12 weeks before full participation in contact sports.

 

Regardless, the Texans are out of the playoffs and with either scenario DeAndre should be back for the preseason at full health.

Amar A. Patel, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University and obtained his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he learned advances techniques in traumatic and sports- related injuries. He completed advanced training in hand and upper extremity surgery at the Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center. Dr. Patel currently practices at the Orthopaedic Associates of Riverside in Chicago, Illinois. He is an avid sports fan and has been a fantasy sports participant for over 15 years.

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