Excessive wear of the AC joint
Acromioclavicular arthritis is characterised by excessive wear on the joint located between the collarbone and the shoulder blade. The causes of this can be over-burdening through sports or repetitive movements at work.
Do you have pain in your shoulder? Is the range of motion in your shoulder slowly becoming restricted? Do you subject your shoulder to stress during sports or work? It is very possible that you may have a case of acromioclavicular arthritis, which should be treated by a specialist.
Acromioclavicular arthritis causes pain during movement of the arm as well as tenderness around the shoulder joint. It becomes painful and no longer possible to lie on the affected shoulder. In advanced cases of acromioclavicular arthritis, patients may begin to experience shoulder impingement. It is also possible to cause damage to the rotator cuff. Modern treatment methods can not only relieve pain but also promise to completely heal the condition.
An orthopaedic surgeon will first diagnose your case of acromioclavicular arthritis by way of an x-ray, MRI or ultrasound. Conservative treatments, including injections, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy, certainly help to reduce pain but may ultimately fail at healing the arthritis. In this case, one will need to undergo AC joint surgery, which is arthroscopic (keyhole) and minimally invasive.
Professor Lill is familiar with all of the treatment options available for dealing with acromioclavicular arthritis. His numerous years of experience with these types of cases mean that you are in good hands. Schedule your appointment with him today.