Dr. Kevin Yip

Dr Kevin Yip
Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(UK), FRCS(EDIN), FAM(SING), FHKCOS(ORTHO)

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Shoulder Pain due to Acromioclavicular Osteoarthritis

WHAT IS SHOULDER PAIN DUE TO ACROMIOCLAVICULAR OSTEOARTHRITIS?

The acromioclavicular joint is a joint at the top of the shoulder. It is the junction between the acromion and the clavicle. This joint can develop degenerative arthritis and osteoarthritis.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

Patients with shoulder pain due to acromioclavicular osteoarthritis can usually localize it accurately with one finger on the spot. X rays may show evidence of osteoarthritis.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

This condition is more common in people who do a lot of weight lifting. It is also more common with increasing age.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

Treatments include intra-articular injection with local anaesthetic or steroids combined with physical therapy, oral glucosamine supplements. Occasionally surgical procedures are required if conservative methods do not work.

1 comment to Shoulder Pain due to Acromioclavicular Osteoarthritis

  • Antione Flammang

    Sometimes it may not be a problem at all with your shoulder. There is such a thing called referred pain which is something wrong with, say, one of your organs and the pain is felt in an entirely different place. Sounds weird, but its very true and very common. Its the same reason when your having a heart attack you may feel pain in your left arm and up in your jaw. Our neurological system is very complex! Problems with the gallbladder typically refer pain to the shoulder. Here are links to a few sites that can help you. I use the pain management ones all the time: