AC Joint Arthritis Treatment in Kirkland, WA
What Is Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis?
The acromioclavicular joint is the joint at the top of the shoulder where the collarbone (clavicle) connects to the shoulder blade (scapula). Over time, this joint can become inflamed or arthritic, and you may notice symptoms of pain, tenderness, and limited range of motion.
Dr. Robin Fuchs is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of AC joint arthritis and other shoulder conditions. For more information on how AC Joint Arthritis is treated at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA, please call (425) 823-4000 or request an appointment through our secure online form.
What are the Signs of Osteoarthritis in the AC Joint?
Symptoms of AC joint arthritis include anterior shoulder pain that is worse when bringing the arm across the body. It is commonly seen in weightlifters and heavy laborers in the Seattle area.
How Can You Treat Acromioclavicular Arthritis?
Initial treatment of acromioclavicular arthritis includes activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications, or an injection of steroid (cortisone) into the AC joint. If these measures fail, Dr. Fuchs may recommend surgery. During the procedure, the end of the collarbone can be removed arthroscopically to eliminate the source of the pain.
Schedule a Consultation for AC Joint Arthritis Treatment in Kirkland
If you are experiencing symptoms of pain, tenderness, or limited range of motion in your shoulder, contact board-certified orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robin Fuchs to discuss treatment. For more information on AC joint arthritis and determine the treatment plan best for you, please call (425) 823-4000 to schedule a consultation at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA today.