What is Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis?

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis is a condition that affects the shoulder. It occurs when the cartilage in the AC joint starts to break down, leading to pain, stiffness, and difficulty performing everyday activities. Fortunately, there are various treatments available for those suffering from AC joint arthritis. In this blog post we will discuss what AC joint arthritis is and how it can be treated.

The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is located at the top of the shoulder where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade. It helps stabilize your shoulder and allows it to move up and down, back and forth, and side to side. When this joint becomes inflamed due to wear and tear or an injury, it can lead to pain and stiffness in the affected area. This inflammation is known as AC joint arthritis.

Symptoms of AC Joint Arthritis

Common symptoms of AC joint arthritis include: pain when you press on or move your shoulder; stiffness in your shoulder; cracking or clicking sounds when you move your shoulder; decreased range of motion; swelling around your shoulder; and weakness in your arm or hand. You may also experience tenderness around the area of the inflamed joint.

Treatment Options for AC Joint Arthritis

Fortunately, there are several treatment options available for those who suffer from acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis. The most common form of treatment is physical therapy which can help restore movement, strength, flexibility, and decrease pain in the affected area. Other forms of treatment include medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroid injections into the affected area, or bracing/splinting to support your weakened joints during healing. Surgery may also be recommended if all other treatments fail to provide relief from symptoms.                                                                                                                                                                                             Conclusion:  Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis is a painful condition that can impact daily life if left untreated for too long. If you think you might be suffering from this condition then speak with a medical professional as soon as possible so that they can diagnose it accurately and provide an appropriate treatment plan tailored to your individual needs. With proper care and treatment it’s possible to reduce inflammation in the affected area and improve overall function in your shoulders so that you can get back to doing what you love!

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