Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis
The junction between the clavicle (collarbone) and the acromion (top part of the scapula, or shoulder blade) make up the acromioclavicular joint.
The acromioclavicular joint does not move very much.
- It is needed to shrug your shoulders and acts as a pivot point allowing the arm to be raised above your head.
Signs and Symptoms
- Pain with cross-body motions, lying on your side
- Skin over the AC joint area sensitive to touch
What causes acromioclavicular arthritis?
- Gradual progressive wearing of the joint cartilage with age and use
- -separation of the acromoiclavicular (AC) joint may contribute
- Injection therapy
Surgical Treatment: Shoulder Arthroscopy (Acromioclavicular Resection)
- A burr is used to remove bone from the clavicle