Acromioclavicular arthropathy - Definition

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Acromioclavicular arthropathy is a disease of the acromioclavicular joint, which links the extremity of the clavicle to the shoulder blade at the shoulders. Acromioclavicular arthropathy appears without any particular trauma, is often due to an intense use of the shoulder, and is responsible for painful movement of the shoulder. This form of osteoarthritis generally appears in people around 50 years old, but can also appear in younger people who practice weightlifting, which wears down this joint prematurely. The treatments include re-education, corticoid injection, and surgery as a last resort.