Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis Specialist Singapore
Dr. Bryan Tan
FRCS Ed (Orth)
AC joint arthritis develops when the cartilage in the AC joint begins to wear out, resulting in pain and joint stiffness. It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of acromioclavicular arthritis.
Dr. Bryan TanOrthopaedic Surgeon
Sports have always played a big part in Dr Bryan’s life. His interest in sports and varied sporting activities give him a deep understanding of sports injuries and the mindset of an athlete.
The condition often develops gradually over time and is difficult to detect. This painful condition affects 2-5% of the general population.
Dr Bryan Tan is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, based in Singapore. He completed 2 fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Sydney, Australia and Nice, France. Prior to private practice, Dr Bryan was a consultant in the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. He is currently still a visiting consultant at NUH where he actively teaches medical students and young orthopaedic surgical trainees. In addition, he travels to regional countries to teach advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques.
Dr. Bryan has a special interest in keyhole surgery and performs most of his surgeries using advanced, modern keyhole surgical techniques. He regularly visits fellow surgeons from other countries to ensure his skills and knowledge are cutting edge.read full bio
What Is Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis?
The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is located at the top tip of the shoulder, where a the part of the shoulder blade (acromionscapula) and the collarbone (clavicle) meet.
AC joint arthritis develops when the cartilage in the AC joint begins to wear out, resulting in pain and joint stiffness.
What Are the Symptoms Of Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis?
Common symptoms of acromioclavicular joint arthritis include:
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How Is Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis Treated?
Common treatment methods include:
- Taking oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Warm compression to minimise pain
- Activity modification by avoiding certain activities and exercises that may aggravate the acromioclavicular joint
Surgery may be recommended if your symptoms worsen or if non-surgical treatment options are ineffective.
Resection arthroplasty is the most common surgery for acromioclavicular (AC) joint arthritis. For this surgical procedure, your doctor will remove a small amount of bone from the end of your collarbone to prevent the clavicle and the acromion from rubbing against each other during shoulder movements.Contact clinic
How Is Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis Diagnosed?
Your doctor will physically examine your AC joint to check for tenderness, pain or signs of muscle weakness. He will also assess movements of your shoulder, specifically looking for limitations caused by AC joint arthritis.
Additional diagnostic tests may also be performed to obtain further information on the AC joint or to rule out other possible problems:
Injection of a local anaesthetic
A local anaesthetic such as lidocaine may be directly injected into the painful joint. Diagnosis of AC joint arthritis is likely confirmed if the pain is relieved temporarily.
X-rays can reveal narrowing of the AC joint or the presence of bone spurs.
MRI scans provide more detailed images of the shoulder joints to show signs of inflammation and swelling.
What Causes Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis?
The common causes of acromioclavicular joint arthritis are:
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During your consultation, Dr. Bryan will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Bryan any questions you may have about your condition.
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Is acromioclavicular joint arthritis serious? When should I visit a doctor?
While acromioclavicular joint arthritis is not life-threatening, it can bring significant pain and discomfort.
You should seek proper medical treatment if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they impede your daily activities.
Can acromioclavicular joint arthritis be prevented?
Unfortunately, in most cases, acromioclavicular joint arthritis cannot be prevented.
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