Distal Clavicle Osteolysis

What is distal clavicle osteolysis?

Distal clavicle osteolysis is a painful condition in which the end of the collarbone (clavicle) becomes inflamed and bony resorption occurs.

What causes distal clavicle osteolysis?

Although the cause is unknown, repetitive trauma is suspected to cause distal clavicle osteolysis. This condition can occur in weightlifters or other individuals who have repetitive use of the shoulder and upper extremity. It can also occur secondary to trauma.

How is distal clavicle osteolysis diagnosed?

Diagnosis of this problem is made by history and physical examination. Patients with this problem will have pain and tenderness at the end of the collarbone, at the AC joint.

How is distal clavicle osteolysis treated?

This problem can be treated with rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and modification of weight lifting or sports.

What happens if I need surgery?

Surgical treatment involves removing the inflamed and damaged end of the collarbone. This is typically done arthroscopically.