Effective treatment for Acromioclavicular (AC) joint sprains
There are many causes of AC joint sprains
Common causes of an AC joint sprain include collision or impact with either the shoulder itself or another object, significant force from overhead activity such as painting or hammering, or awkward positioning of the shoulder in sport activities like football or swimming. This type of injury is particularly common in contact sports. Visit a chiropractor, physiotherapist or massage therapist at a CARESPACE location in Kitchener or Waterloo. They will be able to properly diagnose the degree of severity of your strain and provide treatment appropriate for your recovery process.
Get the best treatment to help your AC joint sprain
We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE provides the best treatment options to help heal your AC joint sprain quickly. CARESPACE uses a result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness with your choice of Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy. CARESPACE practitioners work together to understand both your primary concerns and long-term health goals. Multidisciplinary evidence-based plans are designed to address the root causes and are developed to provide fast and long-lasting relief to ensure you can start living your healthier life today
An ac joint sprain is an injury to the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, which is located between the collarbone (clavicle) and the shoulder blade (scapula). This kind of injury is common in physical activities that involve lifting weight above your head, such as gymnastics or crossfit. It can be caused by a direct fall or by an unnatural movement that puts too much strain on the ligaments surrounding the AC joint.
A sprain in the acromioclavicular (AC) joint follows the same general patterns of symptoms that other sprains do – pain, swelling, bruising, and possible loss of range of motion. While the specifics may vary depending on the severity of the injury, it is safe to assume that any sprain in the AC joint will cause discomfort. It is wise to see a chiropractor or physiotherapist in order to confirm a diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan, typically x-rays are recommended to determine what areas are affected by the sprain, as well as any other underlying issues. It is important to rest and not overuse the joint following a sprain to ensure a fast recovery process and reduce further tissue damage.
An AC joint sprain is a common shoulder injury caused by either overuse or sudden impact. Treatment starts conservatively, which may include rest, ice and compression. A chiropractor can help reduce inflammation and encourage the proper healing process. Physiotherapy is then used to increase range of motion and rebuild strength in the shoulder through exercises. Massage can be used to further reduce inflammation as well as improve mobility in muscles that have become tight from compensating for the shoulder injury. With chiropractic care, physiotherapy, rest and massage therapy, it is possible for most people with AC joint sprains to return to their everyday discomfort-free activities without any long term pain or limitations.
Shoulder pain is something that people struggle with every day, but why does it occur in the first place? Common causes of shoulder pain can include AC joint strain, calcific tendonitis, long head of biceps tendinopathy, rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff tendinopathy, shoulder bursitis, shoulder impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, shoulder labral tear, shoulder osteoarthritis, and shoulder slap lesion. It’s important to be aware of these potential sources of discomfort in order to reduce your risk for injury and take preventative actions that will keep your shoulders healthy and happy. Consultation with a qualified professional at CARESPACE can help determine the best solution to alleviate any discomfort experienced.
Get the best AC joint sprain treatment that's right for you
Chiropractors are health care professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through joint manipulation, exercise and education. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Massage Therapists use a range of soft tissue and joint stimulation techniques. Massage stimulates blood flow, restores muscle elasticity, and relieves built-up tension to repair your body and allow a calmer outlook on life.
Physiotherapists work with you when you’ve experienced a work or sports injury, or are suffering from a chronic condition. You’ll improve strength, increase range of motion to restore your body’s functionality. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Not sure which discipline to select?
Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy can all be effective for your AC joint sprain. Choose any one of the above. Once the initial assessment has been completed, you will be directed to the discipline and practitioner who will be able to deliver the best results.
Still not sure? Simply give us a call at (519) 208-2273 and we will help find the right therapy for your needs.
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