What is the Treatment for an AC Joint Injury?
Grade 1-2 injuries to the AC joint are generally treated conservatively with a sling followed by rehabilitation when the pain and inflammation subsides. In order to alleviate acromioclavicular joint pain and facilitate healing, patients will be instructed to ice the injured area, rest the joint and take anti-inflammatory medications. Over time, patients may be prescribed a physical therapy program to restore strength, function and mobility to the shoulder.
Grade 3 injuries are controversial and can be treated effectively with either surgery or conservative treatment programs. Dr. Yau will typically evaluate the individual and determine the optimal treatment based on age, activity level, patient expectation and severity of injury.
Grade 4-6 AC joint injuries and those who fail conservative treatment will typically require surgical repair for best results. Dr. Yau generally uses a minimally invasive, arthroscopic approach to repair and stabilize the AC joint back to its anatomical state.
For additional resources on acromioclavicular joint pain, or for more information on AC joint injury treatment, please contact the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California orthopedic office of shoulder specialist Dr. Jervis Yau.