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How does a doctor care for arthritis of the AC joint?
How does a doctor care for an AC joint separation?
An AC separation can be a very painful injury, so the initial treatment decreases pain.
As the pain starts to subside, it is important to begin moving the fingers, wrist, elbow, and eventually the shoulder in order to prevent a stiff or frozen shoulder.
When is surgery needed?
When it comes to arthritis, surgery may be indicated if nonsurgical measures fail.
Grade I and II separations rarely require surgery. Even Grade III injuries usually allow return to full activity with few restrictions. In some cases, a painful lump may persist, necessitating partial clavicle excision in selected individuals (such as high caliber throwing athletes). Surgery can be very successful in these cases, but as always, benefits must be weighed against potential risks.
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