Ligaments hold the shoulder joint together. A disruption or weakening of these connections is a shoulder separation.
Indications, part 1:
This type of ligament tear is considered a second-degree shoulder separation.
Indications, part 2:
When the ligaments are disrupted in this fashion, the result is a third-degree shoulder separation.
Review Date: 8/14/2011 Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.