AC joint injuries

What are AC joint injuries?

The AC (acromioclavicular) joint is a joint in the shoulder where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the shoulder blade (scapula). The specific part of the scapula, adjacent to the clavicle, is called the acromion, hence the name AC joint.

The most common problems that occur at the AC joint are:

  • fractures
  • separations
  • arthritis

How we care for AC joint injuries

Depending on the severity of your child's AC joint injury, treatment may be surgical or non-surgical. At Children's, doctors are committed to repairing your child's AC joint in the least invasive manner possible, including pain medication and physical therapy. Surgery is only used in the most severe cases of arthritis or separations.