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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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I have a loose AC joint injury (minor). What are some weight lifting exercises I can do to strengthen that area. I have full range of motion and use?

I have a loose AC joint injury (minor).  What are some weight lifting exercises I can do to strengthen that area. I have full range of motion and use?

Strengthen muscles: You want to strengthen the surrounding agonist and antagonist muscles that are intimately involved with the ac joint: these would include but not restricted to the trapezius, deltoid, pectoralis major and scapular thoracic muscles including the levator scapula, rhomboids and serratus. ...Read more

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What rehabilitative exercises help a acromioclavicular joint separation?

What rehabilitative exercises help a acromioclavicular joint separation?

Rest: Acromioclavicular injuries involve mostly ligaments that hold and suspend the shoulder. Those ligaments cannot really be rehabilitated like muscles. They mostly require a period of rest. Some acromioclavicular injuries will involve other parts of the shoulder, and those can improve with shoulder blade exercises such as rowing and pulling. ...Read more

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What rehabilitative exercises can be done with an acromioclavicular joint separation?

What rehabilitative exercises can be done with an acromioclavicular joint separation?

Shldr muscle rehab: Acromioclavicular joint separations can be acutely painful. Motion and strengthening of the shoulder girdle muscles can advance as tolerated, usually under the guidance of a physical therapist. ...Read more

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What can you do with an AC joint that hasn't healed fully?

What can you do with an AC joint that hasn't healed fully?

Depends on your ---: symptoms and Findings on exam and on the XRs and CT scans. If it requires more time to heal, then it'll be immobilized till its healed; if the joint is displaced due to the severity of the injury or due to the being caught in some muscles or ligaments, then an Open procedure would be needed, to approximate the bones and removal of the soft tissues, and then repair the soft tissues. good luck. ...Read more

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What can I expect in the recovery of a separated shoulder/ac joint?

What can I expect in the recovery of a separated shoulder/ac joint?

It depends.: Most ac sprains (types 1, 2, 3) are treated effectively without surgery and athletes return to competition within 1-6 weeks depending injury severity. Types 2 and 3 result in mild to moderate prominence of the distal clavicle. A small percentage of types 1, 2, and 3 require surgery for persistent or late onset symptoms. Some type 3 and all severe (type 4, 5, 6) require early surgery. ...Read more

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Ac joint seperation, what to do?

Ac joint seperation, what to do?

Depends on severity: Ac joint separation treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment ranges from a sling for mild injuries up to requiring surgery for the most severe injuries. You should have a doctor evaluate the injury to determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How to treat separated shoulder (ac joint)?

How to treat separated shoulder (ac joint)?

Depends on severity: Ac joint separation treatment depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment ranges from a sling for mild injuries up to requiring surgery for the most severe injuries. You should have a doctor evaluate the injury to determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How is the best way to treat bursitis in AC joint?

How is the best way to treat bursitis in AC joint?

Anti-inflammatories : Ac joint pain is usually due to inflammation, either due to trauma or arthritis. Oral and/or injectable steroids are the fastest way to treat inflammation. Ice, rest and nsaid's ate also very helpful treatments, but may take a little longer to work. Sometimes therapy or even surgery may be needed. See a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What to do if i sprained my AC joint a couple of days ago and i need to know how to wrap it?

What to do if i sprained my AC joint a couple of days ago and i need to know how to wrap it?

AC sprain: There is no great way to wrap an ac joint. Your best bet is to use a sling for a week or two. ...Read more

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What does hypertrophic changes at the AC joint mean and what can cause it shoul i be concerned?

What does hypertrophic changes at the AC joint mean and what can cause it  shoul i be concerned?

Arthritis.: It means arthritis of that joint right on top of the shoulder. It is very common, and oftentimes does not give you symptoms. In that case, nothing needs to be done. However, if it is painful, and not getting better over time, there is a surgical procedure that can eliminate any pain. ...Read more

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How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint, I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks ?

How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint,  I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks ?

Fix pain/instability: Mere widening of your ac (acromioclavicular) joint is not an indication for surgery. Pain from arthritis or osteolysis can cause joint space widening or narrowing and lead to surgery. Trauma or injury can generate instability and widening too (usually with prominence of the end of the clavicle) that can lead to ac joint reconstruction. ...Read more

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If there is a visual deformiity from a type II or type III AC joint widening, how does the deformity go back to its normal location?

If there is a visual deformiity from a type II or type III AC joint widening, how does the deformity go back to its normal location?

It does not: Grade 2 and 3 ac joint separations do not go back to its normal location. The shoulder becomes painless, and normal function ensues after a period of 6weeks or so. If thats the case, nothing further needs to be done. If the shoulder is painful and functionally compromised, surgery is indicated to reconstruct the ligaments of the ac joint. Here is a link to acj separation physcial therapy http://nycsportsmed.Com/pdf/ac%20joint%20types%20i-iii.Seneviratne.Pdf. ...Read more

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After a grade 2 or 3 AC joint widening, there is visual deformity on my right shoulder. What are my options for getting it back to normal?

After a grade 2 or 3 AC joint widening, there is visual deformity on my right shoulder. What are my options for getting it back to normal?

Surgery: Surgery is indicated for pain and dysfunction. Rarely for cosmetic considerations as you trade off a bump (deformity) for a scar. Having said that, there are two ligaments called the conoid and the trapezoid that are ruptured in grade 3 ac separation. They can be surgically reconstructed using allograft (cadaver) tissue or autograft (your own) tissue. Anatomic reconstructions restore both ligaments and is done in an open fashion. Single bundle reconstructions can be done arthroscopically. Sports medicine orthopedic surgeons usually perform this operation. ...Read more

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I had a ShoulderArthroscopy/ SubacromialDecompression; Ac Joint Resection in 11/2015. Pain, low endurance, still grinds. Should I get a 2nd opinion?

I had a ShoulderArthroscopy/ SubacromialDecompression; Ac Joint Resection in 11/2015. Pain, low endurance, still grinds. Should I get a 2nd opinion?

Wouldn't hurt: Might be a good idea, you could have developed some degree of rotator cuff arthropathy and there are some good treatment options for it. ...Read more

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Separated shoulder (ac joint), treatment?

Separated shoulder (ac joint), treatment?

AC SEPARATION: Typically an AC JOINT separation can be treated conservatively when it is only a type 2 or 3. Treatment consists of therapy to regain motion after a short period in a sling. If pain persists or you have pain with activities then sometimes surgical intervention is warranted. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon for a complete work up. Hope this information is helpful. Take care. Wilsonshoulder.com ...Read more

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What all happens in shoulder-ac joint surgery?

AC joint surgery: In ac joint surgery the clavicle is secured to the coracoid process of the scapula to decrease the separation of the ac joint. A graft is frequently used to reconstruct the torn coracoclavicular ligaments. ...Read more

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Ac joint pain from bench press how long to heal?

Ac joint pain from bench press how long to heal?

Depends on grade: 1= 2-3weeks using ice rest activity modification. 2= some disruption of ligaments ; takes 6-8 weeks. 3=complete dislocation of the joint, all ligaments ; capsule torn, ; the clavicle rides high ; there's noted deformity, this may or may not require surgery depending on which orthopod u c. 2 schools of thought. ...Read more

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How painful is the recovery for AC joint surgery?

How painful is the recovery for  AC joint surgery?

Depends...: Ac joint resection is an arthroscopic procedure, typically done for ac pain. Recovery is fairly quick, typically less then 3 months.Reconstruction of the ac joint is done for separation. It requires ligament healing, prolonged sling wear (6 weeks), and pt. Full recovery typically 6 months or more. For both, most pain in 1st week or so requires oral narcotic. After this, pain med use is episodic. ...Read more

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