Most people fully recover from a separated shoulder with conservative treatment. Continued shoulder pain is possible, however, if:
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- You have a severe separation that involves significant displacement of the collarbone
- You develop arthritis in your shoulder
- Other structures around your shoulder, such as the rotator cuff, are damage
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