Orthopedic Surgeon near Seattle, 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. 

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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.