AC Joint Arthritis

About AC Joint Arthritis:

Acromioclavicular arthritis (AC joint arthritis) is a condition in which cartilage erodes and abnormal bony growths can develop around the top area of the patient’s affected shoulder joint. The AC joint is located at the top part of the shoulder which connects the clavicle and scapula. Arthritis in this joint is more common than in other areas of the shoulder such as the large ball-and-socket joint.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Swinging a golf club or fastening a seat belt are movements that may cause pain
  • Joint tenderness and pain may occur at the front and top of the shoulder
  • Pain and swelling
  • Inactivity may make the joint stiff and cause the pain to potentially worsen

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Cortisone injections
  • Modifying daily activities or exercise to avoid further pain to the affected joint is a temporary solution
  • This injury may require surgery. Seeing an orthopedic specialist should be considered.

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