A loss of subchondral bone detail with osteoporosis, cystic changes, osteolysis, and osteophyte formation of the distal clavicle while sparing the acromion
Most commonly associated wi...
Insidious onset of aching in the AC joint
Athletes may have a history of remote trauma.
Activities placing repetitive stress to the joint may increase the risk.
In weight lifters, bench ...
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or other pain medications can be used as needed.
Cessation of offending activity is often very effective in reducing pain 4,5[C].
Referral to an orthopedic surgeon for failure of nonoperative treatment
Postoperative physical therapy:
Active ROM as tolerated
Return to sport...
Can resolve without surgery, but only a minority of cases produce satisfactory results, particularly when the athlete does not stop training long enough for the AC joint to heal
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