Did you know that not all arthritis in the shoulder involves the main ball and socket joint (gleno-humeral joint)?  Arthritis can also develop in the AC joint (acromioclavicular joint).  This is the area at the outer end of the collar bone (clavicle) where there is often a small lump felt and where the strap of shoulder bag may sit on or, in a lady, a bra strap may lie.  It often causes pain at night and certainly when reaching across your chest or at extremes of movement when lifting arm well above your head.  This condition is very common and has good treatment options for it ranging from analgesia (pain killers) to steroid injections.  If these measures fail, then surgery can have a good result without the requirement of a sling after surgery. It is performed through key hole ( minimally invasive ) procedure, only as an overnight stay

For more information about AC joint arthritis, please do not hesitate to read our webpage regarding this.

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