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Physiotherapy and AC Joint Sprains

physiotherapy and ac joint sprains - Physiotherapy and AC Joint Sprains

The acromioclavicular (AC) joint is the junction between the acromion of the scapula and the clavicle. Ligaments around the joint provide stability, however, these ligaments can become injured leading to an AC sprain. If you have suffered from an AC joint sprain, physiotherapy can help with your recovery.

What are the Symptoms of an AC Joint Sprain?

The symptoms of an AC joint sprain can vary depending on how severe it is. Common signs include pain at the site of injury, tenderness when touching or pressing around the affected area, swelling, bruising, stiffness, and difficulty moving your shoulder or arm. It is important to get a proper diagnosis from a medical professional before starting any treatment plan for this type of injury.

How Can Physiotherapy Help AC Joint Sprains?

Physio is a great way to treat AC joint sprains as it helps to reduce pain and swelling in the area as well as helps to restore movement in your shoulder and arm. Depending on your individual case and goals for recovery, your physiotherapist may recommend exercises such as stretching or strengthening exercises that will help you regain the full range of motion in your shoulder and arm so that you can return to regular physical activities. Physiotherapists will also be able to teach you specific techniques to manage pain levels associated with the injury so that you can continue with treatment without feeling too much discomfort.

When Should I Seek Treatment?

It is best to seek medical attention right away if you suspect that you have sustained an AC joint sprain in order to diagnose it correctly and start on a suitable treatment plan right away. Early intervention gives you the best chance at a successful recovery with minimal disruption to your daily activities.

An Acromioclavicular joint sprain can be painful, limiting mobility in your shoulder and arm which can affect both work and leisure activities. Thankfully, physio offers a safe and effective way for treating this type of injury by helping reduce pain levels while restoring movement in your shoulder and arm so that you can get back out there again soon. Don’t delay seeking treatment – get started now on improving your condition with physiotherapy.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin is an internationally trained physiotherapist and has been practicing in Canada since 2015. After graduating in 2009, Nitin started as a physiotherapist in a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team under the guidance of an eminent cardiac surgeon. His interest and passion in the field of sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation made him switch from acute care to a musculoskeletal rehabilitation setting. Nitin blends various hands-on physiotherapy techniques with therapeutic exercises to achieve his client’s goals. He is certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): Lumbar spine, Mulligan concepts and personalized blood flow restriction rehabilitation (PBFR). His clients vary from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He is a huge advocate of the ‘Looking beyond the pain’ model to provide clients with the best care possible. Exercises and activity modification are always important components of his treatment plans to empower clients to reach their health goals.

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