Treatment of Acromioclavicular joint arthrosis
Acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthrosis is a common degenerative disorder that can lead to pain and difficulty during everyday use of the shoulder. The acromion is the part of the scapula that makes up the roof of the shoulder; it connects with the clavicle at the AC joint. In this condition, there is a weak attachment at this joint, causing grinding and pain. In addition, the AC joint is particularly prone to the development of osteoarthritis during middle age. This condition contributes to its onset.
How does the acromioclavicular joint arthrosis develop?
The AC joint can be injured in a fall or by a hyperextension of the shoulder. Also, activities such as weightlifting, which place excess stress on the joint in a difficult overhead position, can lead to AC joint arthrosis. Young weightlifters are particularly susceptible. Degeneration of the condition can lead to intensified pain even years after the injury has “healed.”
What are the symptoms of acromioclavicular joint arthrosis?
During the early stages, AC joint arthrosis usually manifests itself with tenderness and pain in the front of the shoulder around the joint. The pain gets worse when the arm is extended across the chest as this motion compresses the joint, or when lifting. A vague pain may be felt in the shoulder, the neck and the front of the chest. The affected joint may also be disproportionate to the uninjured joint, and may snap or click when used.
Traditional pain management for AC joint arthritis and arthrosis
The usual treatment for this injury is a figure-eight splint to keep the joint immobile while the healing process occurs. While the initial immobilization may relieve pain, weakening of the ligaments will occur if the immobilization continues indefinitely. Physical therapy and an exercise program may restore strength and function to the shoulder, but the injured ligaments may continue to grind, pop, click and cause pain, especially with overhead activities and when reaching across the chest. Because these activities put strain on the ligaments, the surrounding muscles may go into spasm and become chronically painful, inhibiting the ability of the patient, often an athlete, from using the shoulder normally. The result? The modern medicine approach does not do anything to repair the deteriorated cartilage in the shoulder and, thus, does not alleviate the chronic pain that people with this condition experience.
Another standard practice of modern medicine is to inject steroids into the shoulder or to prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. However, in the long run, these treatments do more damage than good. Cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to produce short-term pain benefit, but both result in long-term loss of function and even more chronic pain by actually inhibiting the healing process of soft tissues and accelerating cartilage degeneration. Plus, long-term use of these drugs can lead to other sources of chronic pain, allergies and leaky gut syndrome.
When all else fails, patients who experience chronic shoulder pain are often referred to a surgeon. Unfortunately, surgery often makes the problem worse. Surgeons will use x-ray technology as a diagnostic tool, which does not always properly diagnose the pain source. Decisions to remove cartilage tissue will most commonly result in arthritis.
A better treatment for acromioclavicular joint pain: Prolotherapy
Comprehensive dextrose Prolotherapy and a rehabilitation program can strengthen the ligaments and dynamic shoulder stabilizers (rotator cuff muscles). Chronic pain is most commonly due to tendon and ligament weakness or cartilage deterioration, as is the case in acromioclavicular joint syndrome. The safest and most effective natural medicine treatment for repairing tendon, ligament and cartilage damage is Prolotherapy.
In simple terms, Prolotherapy stimulates the body to repair painful areas. It does so by inducing a mild inflammatory reaction in the weakened ligaments and cartilage. Since the body heals by inflammation, Prolotherapy stimulates healing.
Prolotherapy offers the most curative results in treating chronic pain. It effectively eliminates pain because it attacks the source: the fibro-osseous junction, an area rich in sensory nerves. What’s more the tissue strengthening and pain relief stimulated by Prolotherapy is permanent!