Posted by: Paul Herron | 2009/12/04

shoulder pain

I am a retired bodybuilder. I started having probs with the right shoulder and was diagnosed with swollen ac joints in both shoulders. I carried on competing for a couple of seasons an kept having injections into the joints every 6 months or so. what I would like to know is if there has been any new breakthroughs with regards to my ailment.

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Dear Paul,

degeneration of the AC joints are well known in weight lifters- in fact one variant of this problem is referred to as " weightlifter's shoulder". Another problem encountered in weightlifers is osteoarthritis of the shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint). Addressing the painful AC joint is not a big problem and can usually be managed with a relatively small operation using an arthroscope ( "key hole surgery") . You may look at our website at and specifically at AC (acromioclavicular joint) problems as well as osteoarthitis. If you suffer from AC joint problems , the outcome of such a surgical procedure is usually very successful


Dr Joe de Beer

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