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How is an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury treated?

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See your doctor if you think you might have an acromioclavicular (AC) joint injury. You'll probably need to wear a sling to keep your shoulder still. Ice the area for about 20 to 30 minutes every couple of hours to cut swelling. Take acetaminophen or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen to help with the pain.

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Edition.

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 22, 2019

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