Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis
The acromioclavicular joint also known as AC joint is the joint between the acromion or shoulder blade and the clavicle or collarbone. This joint helps the shoulder and arm to do a wide range of motions including lifting the arms over the head. The AC joint, like any joint, can experience overuse and damage throughout a person’s life. With this constant use the AC joint can be prone to fractures and arthritis. In fact, arthritis is one of the most common conditions that affect the AC joint. In this article we will be focusing on the arthritis that can affect the AC joint. Acromioclavicular joint arthritis or AC joint arthritis is the degeneration of the joint at the top of the shoulder where the acromion meets the clavicle.
AC joint arthritis mostly affects people who are middle aged. This occurs slowly over time through constant repetitive movements and overuse. This results in stress and damage to the cartilage in the joint. Certain occupations and activities can contribute to the development of AC joint arthritis. Some of these include painting, weight lifting, contact sports, construction work or any work that requires constant over head lifting. AC joint arthritis can also develop after a person experiences trauma or an injury to the shoulder joint.
When a person develops AC joint arthritis they will experience chronic inflammation and pain. They may also suffer from discomfort in the front of the shoulder or over the joint, a clicking or popping sound as they move their arm, tenderness, swelling, and limited range of motion of their shoulder and arm. If a person experiences any of these symptoms it’s important to contact Davis Orthopedics for a consultation. Our Prescott Valley, Arizona office recommends immediate treatment to avoid further damage to the joint cartilage. When a person calls Davis Orthopedics our Dr. Mark B. Davis D.O. will evaluate the area and provide a treatment plan that will best fit each person’s individual case.
Some of the treatment services we provide at our Prescott Valley, Arizona office include cortisone injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, use of a splint or brace, exercise, and modification of daily activities. If a person doesn’t experience a decrease in symptoms with these treatments, Dr. Mark Davis D.O. may recommend surgery to remove the damaged portions of the joint. Surgery is only recommended in severe cases or when other treatment options do not bring about desired results. If anyone is suffering from chronic shoulder pain or any other symptoms of AC joint arthritis it’s important to contact Davis Orthopedics today. Our professional and experienced team are ready to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.