Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis

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The acromioclavicular joint is also known as the collarbone joint. This joint allows your shoulder blade and arm to move freely, especially with overhead activities.

Degeneration and arthritis of this joint is quite common as one gets older. Fortunately, this is not usually very symptomatic.

Symptoms may appear in the form of shoulder stiffness with overhead activities, or as pain directly over the joint when reaching overhead or across the body.

The pain can usually be managed with oral painkillers and activity modifications.

A steroid injection into the joint may also help resolve the pain. In rare cases, surgery can help by removing the arthritic edges of the bones in the joint.

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