How is osteoarthritis of the AC joint treated?
Osteoarthritis of the AC joint can be treated with conservative measures; however, in the cases where conservative therapy is unsuccessful, an arthroscopic AC joint resection is recommended. This surgical procedure aims to relieve the shoulder pain by removing a small section of the distal clavicle. The scar tissue that forms in the absence of the excised bone allows flexibility in the AC joint, while relieving the pain associated with the pathologic bone-on-bone condition that characterizes AC joint arthritis. Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, treats patients in Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs who have suffered from AC joint osteoarthritis and are in need of an AC joint resection.