Updated: 4/9/2017

Acromioclavicular Joint

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  • Osteology
    • the AC joint is a diarthrodial joint
    • fibrocartilaginous intraarticular disc is located between the osseous segments  
  • Motion
    • majority of motion is from the bones, not through the joint
      • clavicle rotates 40-50° posteriorly with shoulder elevation
      • 8° of rotation through AC joint
      • remainder from scapular rotation and sternoclavicular motion
    • joint itself is limited to gliding motions only
  • Stability
    • acromioclavicular ligament
      • provides horizontal stability
      • has superior, inferior, anterior, and posterior components
        • superior ligament is strongest, followed by posterior  
    • coracoclavicular ligaments (trapezoid and conoid)
      • provides vertical stability
      • trapezoid inserts 3 cm from end of clavicle
        • stabilizer against horizontal and vertical loads
      • conoid inserts 4.5 cm from end of clavicle in the posterior border
        • more important ligament
        • vertical stabilizer of AC joint
      • normal CC distance (superior coracoid to inferior clavicle) is 11-13mm
    • deltotrapezial fascia, capsule, deltoid and trapezius
      •  act as additional stabilizers
 

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(OBQ04.221) When performing an arthroscopic distal clavicle excision for acromioclavicular joint arthrosis, which of the following structures must be preserved to prevent post-operative anteroposterior instability of the clavicle? Review Topic

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Trapezoid ligament

9%

(125/1329)

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Anterior and inferior acromioclavicular joint capsule

6%

(83/1329)

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Superior and posterior acromioclavicular joint capsule

75%

(995/1329)

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Coracohumeral ligament

3%

(45/1329)

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Conoid ligament

6%

(75/1329)

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