Treatment of Acromioclavicular Joint Arthritis

  • Andrew G. Geeslin
  • Erik M. Fritz
  • Peter J. Millett


Arthritis of the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) is commonly identified radiographically although it is often not clinically symptomatic. It may occur in the setting of overuse (as in distal clavicular osteolysis), as a result of injury to the ACJ or as a part of normal aging. For symptomatic ACJ arthritis, treatment is often nonsurgical, although arthroscopic excision of the distal clavicle can be considered in patients with localized pain at the ACJ. This chapter reviews our recommended evaluation as well as our preferred technique for surgical treatment of symptomatic ACJ arthritis.


Acromioclavicular joint Acromioclavicular joint arthritis Distal clavicular osteolysis Arthroscopic distal clavicle resection Shoulder arthroscopy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. Geeslin
    • 1
  • Erik M. Fritz
    • 2
  • Peter J. Millett
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryAscension Borgess Hospital, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of MedicineKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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