A 50-year-old female asked:
sternal end of clavicle is grinding after acromioclavicular joint decompression. tender only when i move the arm certain ways?what could it be wrong?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Padraic Obma answered
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Inflammation: It depends on how long ago your AC joint decompression was. If the surgery was recently, it may be irritated/inflamed from surgery (positioning?) or from certain rehab exercises or overcompensation to protect AC joint. If the surgery was several months/years ago, there could be a small cartilage injury or some arthritis in the SC joint. This joint can become lax and get excess motion too.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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