The shoulder is a complex joint made up of three main joints: the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, the sternoclavicular (SC) joint, and the glenohumeral joint. The AC joint is located where the clavicle meets the acromion of the scapula and is responsible for providing stability between the shoulder and the chest wall. The SC joint is located between the clavicle and the sternum and is responsible for providing a connection between the shoulder and the axial skeleton. The glenohumeral joint is a ball and socket joint that allows the arm to move in multiple directions.
If the tissues surrounding the clavicle, such as the pectoralis major and latissimus dorsi, are not able to move freely, then more stress is placed on the AC joint. This can lead to pain in the AC joint, which can range from a dull ache to a sharp pain.
By addressing the underlying cause of your shoulder pain, a sports and rehabilitation chiropractor can help you find relief and get back to doing the activities you love.