The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is where the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle meet in the shoulder. While the AC joint does not require extensive movement, it is crucial for allowing complete movement of the shoulder joint and arms. Like all joints in the body, the AC joint can be susceptible to painful arthritis. Dr. Steven Struhl at Shoulders & Knees offers effective AC joint arthritis treatment at our clinics in NYC and Westchester.
Causes and Symptoms of AC Joint Arthritis
Arthritis comes in many forms, with over 100 types of inflammatory joint diseases that are categorized as arthritis. The most common form that affects the shoulder AC joint is osteoarthritis. AC joint arthritis is often caused by overuse and stress on the shoulders. The AC joint is used constantly. Heavy use can cause faster wear and tear on the joint that can lead to osteoarthritis. Weightlifters and those who perform over-the-head lifting or movements with their arms are more susceptible to AC joint osteoarthritis. Injuries to the AC joint, such as AC joint separation, may also be more likely to have AC joint inflammation.
Symptoms of AC joint arthritis include pain stemming from the front of the shoulder joint, especially when moving the arm across the chest. The pain may radiate into the chest and neck area. A popping or clicking sensation can also occur in the AC joint during movement.
AC Joint Osteoarthritis Pain Relief
Treatments to relieve pain caused by AC joint arthritis include controlling inflammation. OTC anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, may be used. For more severe inflammation, a cortisone injection can be helpful to relieve pain. For severe or chronic AC joint arthritis pain, surgery may be recommended to relieve friction between the clavicle and scapula.
If you are suffering from AC joint arthritis pain, find relief with a visit to an AC joint specialist. Dr. Steven Struhl offers advanced treatment options for AC joint pain. Contact our clinic in NYC or Westchester to schedule your appointment.