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Acromioclavicular joint 

Acromioclavicular joint
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Acromioclavicular joint
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David Potter

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199550647.003.004010
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date: 08 December 2019

The acromioclavicular joint is the sole skeletal connection between the upper limb and the axial skeleton, providing strength and stability to the shoulder

The acromioclavicular joint is one of the most commonly injured joints of the body

Arthropathy of the joint is often associated with contact sport or heavy manual work

Treatment of arthropathy can either be by activity modification, steroid injection or surgery

Surgery involves removing the distal end of the clavicle

Dislocations of the acromioclavicular joint are common injuries, most often due to a fall landing directly on the tip of the shoulder

Dislocations are classified into six grades (I to VI), grades I and II are treated non-surgically, grades IV-VI are treated surgically

Numerous surgical options are available for treatment of acute and chronic dislocations

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