Treatment of AC joint injuries and SC joint injuries continues to evolve. The risk of complications of both the operative and nonoperative management of these injuries can be minimized by the treating physician if the physician thoroughly evaluates and understands the problem. Making an accurate diagnosis of the underlying pathology and then selecting the appropriate treatment for this will minimize the risk of an associated complication. Paying attention to detail and using the appropriate technique before any operative intervention is chosen will decrease the risk of failure and complication. Close follow-up and early detection of complications will lead to less severe sequelae. AC joint injuries are more common and operative management is accepted for specific indications. Most Orthopaedic Surgeons are comfortable treating these. SC joint injuries are less common and nonoperative treatment is the mainstay. As our approach to these complex problems evolves, we must keep a wary eye towards avoiding and minimizing the complications of the new techniques.

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