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Acromio-clavicular Joint Dysfunction

Acromio-clavicular Joint Dysfunction

Acromio-clavicular joint dysfunction is one of the common sports injuries, which is also experienced by other individuals involved in various activities. At HealthQuest, a multi-specialty healthcare center based in Brooklyn, New York City, you will receive state-of-the-art treatment for this condition, combined with personalized care.

The acromio-clavicular joint or AC joint forms the upper shoulder. It is the joint between the collarbone called clavicle and the shoulder blade tip called the acromion. The AC joint links the arm to the trunk or the main body of the individual. Crucially, it performs the very important task of transferring the load borne by the arm to the main body.

What Causes Acromio-clavicular Joint Dysfunction?

AC joint dysfunction, felt as upper shoulder pain, is usually caused when you fall on your shoulder. Such a fall results in the acromion or shoulder blade tip going downwards while the muscles of the neck and the surrounding region still hold the collar bone up, causing a rupture in the AC joint capsule. Even falling against your outstretched arm could transmit enough forces for the AC joint to rupture or for the clavicle itself to be fractured. HealthQuest provides effective treatment for AC joint dysfunction.

Joint Dysfunction Treatment

at HealthQuest

At HealthQuest we employ advanced diagnostic modalities such as X-ray and MRI scan to come up with the right diagnosis for your shoulder pain. We have orthopedic specialists, neurologists, physical therapists, chiropractors, pain management physicians, and other specialists to provide you with a wholesome treatment approach.

Basic treatment options include:

  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Rest
  • Support by placing the arm in a sling, along with pain relief or anti-inflammatory medication
  • The area is also taped to ensure the joint position is supported

But, at HealthQuest, we go beyond all this to a more intense level:

  • Our trained and experienced healthcare professionals offer physical therapy and chiropractic care.
  • In fact, our chiropractic adjustment treatments can be quite effective not only in pain alleviation but in also setting right the joint dysfunction itself.

We ensure effective pain management through:

  • Prolotherapy
  • Injections
  • Analgesics, narcotic medications, and muscle relaxants
  • Our advanced treatment options also include:
    • Radiofrequency radio ablation
    • Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Some extreme cases, in which the clavicle is totally torn away, may require surgical intervention.

Game Ready

Accelerated Recovery System

After the pain settles, exercises including load bearing plus mobility and massage exercises are essential for restoring normal functioning of the affected AC joint and the surrounding muscles. We also offer the Game Ready Accelerated Recovery System to ensure better and faster recovery from musculoskeletal injuries such as these. This advanced system utilizes advanced cold and compression techniques to stimulate tissue healing and improve blood flow to the shoulder.

Get in touch with our dedicated team of specialists to restore the full functionality of your shoulder. Don’t let acromio-clavicular joint dysfunction bring you down. Give us a call at 718-769-2521, or email us at