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Remedies for acromioclavicular joint arthritis

Acromioclavicular joint arthritis of the shoulders is the common arthritis that develops in people ages 50 and above. It begins to form once the cartilage present in the acromioclavicular joints wears out caused by the normal aging process and strain of daily use. It causes severe pain with movement of the shoulder.

Causes of acromioclavicular joint arthritis

  • The normal wear and tear of aging and stress on the affected joint
  • Using the hand for prolonged periods of time in an extended position
  • Weightlifter puts excessive stress on the joint of the shoulder
  • Playing football and rugby have a high risk of developing acromioclavicular joint arthritis due to constant falling on the shoulders and stressed ligaments



Severe shoulder pain and tenderness of the affected shoulder joint.

  • Severe shoulder pain and tenderness of the affected shoulder joint
  • Limited range of movement
  • Difficulty sleeping on the affected side
  • Severe pain when moving the arm away to the side or across the chest
  • Swelling
  • Clicking or popping sound can be heard when moving the joint of the shoulder.
  • Stiffness of the joint due to prolonged periods of inactivity such as sleeping and becomes better after performing some activities.


  • Take plenty of rest especially the affected joint. Avoid performing activities that cause further irritation and worsen the condition.
  • Take the prescribed over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen to lessen the swelling and the pain.
  • Apply heat or cold compress on the area. Apply heat in the form of warming pad for at least 15-20 minutes to loosen a stiff joint and the spasms of the muscles. Apply ice compress or an ice pack on the area for at least 15-20 minutes 2-3 times every day to lessen the swelling and the pain.
  • Apply prescribed topical analgesics in the form of sprays, creams, gels and patches and applied directly to the area over the joint that is painful.
  • Use the prescribed steroid injections to lessen severe pain, the swelling and the stiffness of the area.
  • Take the prescribed supplement such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to lessen the symptoms of osteoarthritis.
  • Seek the help of the physical therapist for some rehabilitation exercises such as stretching and strengthening of the muscles and restore the range of movement of the shoulder.

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