Shoulder Conditions - Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Arthritis

The “AC” joint is a joint in the shoulder where part of the shoulder blade (acromion) and the collarbone (clavicle) meet. Joint arthritis is a condition characterized by loss of cartilage in the joint, which causes extra wear and tear in the affected joints and results in pain and swelling.

Non-surgical treatment includes the use of ice and medication. The application of ice helps decrease the pain and inflammation in the joint. This can be applied daily or as frequent as needed for pain relief.. Medication that typically decreases the inflammation includes aspirin or medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (MOTRIN, ALLEVE, IBUPROFEN, ETC)

If these suggestions do not help, the next step is a cortisone shot. One shot can sometimes provide permanent relief, but in other cases it may not last forever. Typically no more than one or two shots are given before surgery is considered.