Long-term results of conservative treatment for acromioclavicular dislocation

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1996 May;78(3):410-2.


We have reviewed 30 patients who had been treated conservatively for acromioclavicular dislocation between 1979 and 1982 at an average of 12.5 years after the injury. All except one had a good outcome as did five others contacted by telephone. In all patients reviewed the acromioclavicular joint remained subluxed or dislocated. With conservative treatment a good long-term outcome can be expected without restoration of the anatomical configuration of the joint.

MeSH terms

  • Acromioclavicular Joint / injuries*
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / classification
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / physiopathology
  • Joint Dislocations / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthotic Devices / adverse effects
  • Orthotic Devices / standards*
  • Pain / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Treatment Outcome