SPONSORED: The Guide to Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries from West Park Rehab Physical Therapy

| May 14, 2021

The following guide is brought to by the experts at West Park Rehab Physical Therapy:

The acromioclavicular, or AC, joint is part of the shoulder girdle (the collar bone and shoulder blade that supports the shoulder joint). An AC joint injury describes an injury to the top of the shoulder. It occurs where the front of the shoulder blade (acromion) attaches to the collarbone (clavicle). Most often, trauma, such as a fall directly on the outside of the shoulder, causes an AC joint injury. Overuse (repeated lifting of heavy weights or objects overhead with poor mechanics) also can result in an AC joint injury.

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AC joint injuries are most common in people younger than age 35. Males sustain five times more traumatic AC joint injuries than females. Younger athletes who take part in activities like football, biking, skiing, and hockey have the highest risk for this injury.

“We see this injury more often here during the summer when individuals have an accident while riding their bikes on the bike trail”, Eddie St.Clair, DPT, CHT owner of West Park Rehab Physical Therapy.

The physical therapists at West Park Rehab can identify and effectively treat AC joint injuries, often avoiding the need for surgery. In addition to an evaluation of the shoulder, the physical therapist at West Park Rehab also looks at the neck and arm as they sometimes can be related. West Park Rehab can also improve the accuracy of the diagnosis with the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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How Does It Feel?
With an AC joint injury, you may experience:

  • General shoulder pain and swelling
  • Swelling and tenderness over the AC joint
  • Loss of shoulder strength
  • A visible bump above the shoulder
  • Pain when lying on the involved side
  • Loss of shoulder motion
  • A “popping” sound or feeling that your shoulder “catches” with movement
  • Discomfort with daily activities that stress the AC joint. Examples include lifting objects overhead, reaching across your body, or carrying heavy objects at your side. For more information on shoulder problems visit www.westparkrehab.com.

West Park Rehab has been successfully treating shoulder problems for over 20 years. Help is available.

To request an appointment, visit https://sites.webpt.com/1660/reactivation-offer.

Check out West Park Rehab Physical Therapy/Diagnostics’ website at https://westparkdiagnostics.com for more information or call their office in Franklin at 814-437-6191 or Seneca at 814-493-8631.


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