How is an SC Joint Injury Treated?
The majority of sternoclavicular joint injuries do not require surgery. Initial treatment includes ice, rest and sling mobilization. Anti-inflammatory or other medications may be prescribed. Physical therapy may be recommended, depending on the severity of the injury. A more severe injury may require manipulation, called “reduction” by Dr. Mazzara to relocate the joint back to its normal position.
Patients with severe and traumatic SC joint injuries require surgery when there is significant damage to the bones and ligaments. Dr. Mazzara will recommend the type of surgery based on the exact injury and will often suggest a stabilization procedure that will allow him to reattach torn ligaments to the SC joint. A stabilization procedure will allow the patient to recover fully, without the risk of joint dislocation, subluxation or the onset of arthritis.
Patients in the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities who have questions regarding sternoclavicular joint injuries or other shoulder conditions may contact the orthopedic offices of Dr. James Mazzara.