AC (Acromioclavicular) Joint Pain
The acromioclavicular joint is the name for the outer end of the clavicle (collar bone) and the acromion process of the scapular (shoulder blade). Pain can result from a separation of the two bones forming this joint caused by damage to the connecting ligaments, sometimes referred to as a shoulder separation injury.
Injury to the AC joint usually results from a trauma injury to point of the shoulder or a fall onto an outstretched arm, causing pain and inflammation around the top of the shoulder. It is important not to neglect AC injuries, as this can increase wear and tear on the joint, causing it to heal out of place and causing future problems.
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Ice Therapy
- Rehabilitation exercises
- Immobilisation – e.g. sling, taping
- Anti-inflammatory medication
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