Sternoclavicular Joint Pain Treatment
Once a diagnosis has been reached, Dr. Verma will discuss his recommended course of treatment with the patient.
In most SC joint injuries, a non-surgical approach will alleviate the sternoclavicular joint pain. Dr. Verma will prescribe an initial treatment of ice, sling immobilization and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation. Physical therapy may also be recommended depending on the severity of the injury. A more severe SC joint injury may require manipulation by Dr. Verma to relocate the joint back to its normal position.
Severe dislocations and cases associated with trouble breathing and swallowing may need a surgical approach. SC joint surgery involves opening the joint to identify the extent of the injury. From there, the joint is placed back into the proper position and the damaged ligaments are repaired. Surgery may also be considered in patients experiencing SC joint degeneration from arthritis or other similar degenerative shoulder conditions.
If you are experiencing sternoclavicular joint pain and believe you have a SC joint injury, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, shoulder specialist serving the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois area.