Treatment of AC Separations
Most patients will experience a full recovery after conservative treatment. A minor separation may heal within a few weeks. A more severe separation may take several weeks to months to heal. You may have a noticeable bump on the affected shoulder; however, it should not affect your ability to use that shoulder.
Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), as well as anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve) may help ease shoulder pain.