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Surgical treatment for acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis

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Location: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2684214/

Description: Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of pain originating from the acromioclavicular (AC) joint. An awareness of appropriate diagnostic techniques is necessary in order to localize clinical symptoms to the AC joint. Initial treatments for AC joint osteoarthritis, which include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and corticosteroids, are recommended prior to surgical interventions. Distal clavicle excision, the main surgical treatment option, can be performed by various surgical approaches, such as open procedures, direct arthroscopic, and indirect arthroscopic techniques. When choosing the best surgical option, factors such as avoidance of AC ligament damage, clavicular instability, and post-operative pain must be considered. This article examines patient selection, complications, and outcomes of surgical treatment options for AC joint osteoarthritis.
Surgical treatment for acromioclavicular joint osteoarthritis: patient selection, surgical options, complications, and outcome Salvatore Docimo, Dellene Kornitsky, Bennett Futterman, and David E. Elkowitz Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2008 June; 1(2): 154–160. Full text

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Author/Contact: Docimo et al
Institution: Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med.
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Language: English

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