What are the Treatment Options for an AC Joint Injury?
Treatment for a lower grade acromioclavicular joint injury will usually consist of plenty of rest along with the use of pain medications and a shoulder sling. More advanced AC joint injuries can cause, shoulder instability, and frequent shoulder separations or painful shoulder dislocations. Advanced AC joint injuries can cause lost time at work, decreased activities and if left untreated, can lead to early arthritis or permanent damage to the shoulder joint. In these individuals, more care is needed and surgery may be required. There are numerous shoulder surgery techniques to treat the AC joint offered by Dr. Millett’s office:
The arthroscopic AC repair procedure is a minimally-invasive surgery performed using special equipment and small incisions. The goal is to secure the injured AC joint back into the proper position. This specialized surgery can be performed on an outpatient-basis and full range of motion is quickly re-established within days of the procedure.
Arthroscopic Stabilization Surgery for Shoulder Separations
Arthroscopic stabilization for shoulder dislocations is considered when the episodes of instability are occurring frequently, prohibits the individual from performing overhead activities or partake in sports and interferes with normal daily routines. Once all other therapies have been exhausted, arthroscopic stabilization surgery is often the next step. Arthroscopic stabilization surgery is a partnership between the doctor and patient. The results of the surgery are most effective when a post-operative rehabilitation program involving physical therapy and shoulder exercises are implemented.
For more resources on an AC joint injury, or to learn more about treatment options for acromioclavicular joint pain, please contact orthopedic shoulder specialist Dr. Peter Millett, serving patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities.