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An acromioclavicular joint injection (also known as AC injection) is the injection of a steroid medication into the AC joint. The AC joint is a joint in the shoulder where two bones meet which is located in the front part of the shoulder.
Conditions such as arthritis in the shoulder joints lead to inflammation. This inflammation causes pain. The goal of the acromioclavicular joint injection is to decrease inflammation which eventually leads to pain reduction.
You will be directed to the procedure table. The injection site will be sterilized and numbed with a local anesthetic. A needle will be directed to the target area using Z-ray guidance to ensure proper placement. Once the needle placement is confirmed, the steroid medication will be injected.
You may experience arm muscle weakness or numbness due to the local anesthetic. Once it wears off, your strength will return slowly and completely. You may also have mild discomfort or soreness at the injection site. This may last for a couple of days after the procedure.
An acromioclavicular joint injection may be the right treatment for you if you experience collar bone and shoulder pain. To learn more about this treatment, call our office to schedule a consultation with our pain management doctor. We offer acromioclavicular joint injection for patients in Torrance, El Segundo, and surrounding areas who are looking for much-needed relief from pain.