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?
Physiotherapy 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. Your therapist 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, physiotherapy 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 one of the other physiotherapists at CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo. We are happy to listen and are here to help!