Common Shoulder Conditions

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Sometimes (normally from overuse) the joint between the acromion and collarbone can become arthritic.  

Symptoms

The arthritic joint produces pain around the shoulder during high, overhead activities.

Investigations

X rays and an ultrasound or MRI scan.

Treatments

Non-Operative:  Ultrasound guided injections of local anaesthetic and cortisone into the arthritic joint can reduce pain and occasionally stop any further deterioration.

Operative:  If injections fail then the arthritic joint can be removed (distal clavicle excision) either with keyhole or open surgery depending on the severity of the arthritis.

X-ray of Arthritic Acromioclavicular  Joint

Acromioclavicular Osteoarthritis