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Distal Clavicular Osteolysis (Weightlifter’s Shoulder)

Distal clavicular osteolysis, commonly referred to as Weightlifter’s Shoulder, results from damage that affects the end of the clavicle, or collarbone. It is most often caused by overuse, particularly by those who lift weights or frequently lift heavy objects at work. For most patients, this condition presents as pain in the front of the shoulder.

If you’re consistently living with this type of pain, The Physicians can help you reach an accurate diagnosis and begin receiving the treatment you need. We offer a comprehensive, conservative approach to treating Weightlifter’s Shoulder that may include physical therapy, guided injections, and other nonsurgical options.

The Physicians are passionate about providing the least invasive, most technologically-advanced care available. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Weightlifter’s Shoulder and would like to experience the best shoulder pain treatment Atlanta has to offer, don't wait. Call The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists today and schedule your first appointment today.

Treatment & Therapy for Weightlifter’s Shoulder

Treatment & Diagnosis of Distal Clavicular Osteolysis

The first step in treating Weightlifter’s Shoulder is to receive an accurate diagnosis. The Physicians will take a complete medical history and conduct a physical examination. We may also order imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRI scans, or CT scans, to get a better look at the affected area.

Symptoms of Weightlifter's Shoulder typically include:

  • Pain in the front of the shoulder
  • Tenderness at the end of the collarbone
  • Swelling or inflammation in the area
  • Decreased range of motion in the shoulder

Once we have made a diagnosis, we will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs. For some patients, physical therapy may be the best option. The therapist will work with you to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder and improve your range of motion. We may also recommend guided injections to help relieve pain and inflammation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I at risk of distal clavicular osteolysis because of my job?

You may be at risk for developing Weightlifter’s Shoulder if your job requires you to lift heavy objects or work with your arms overhead. These types of work-related injuries are common in those who are in industries such as:

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Warehouse work
  • Painting

If you are frequently lifting heavy objects at work, it is important to take breaks and use proper form. Wearing a lifting belt can also help to reduce your risk of developing Weightlifter’s Shoulder.

What are the long-term effects of distal clavicular osteolysis?

In most cases, Weightlifter’s Shoulder can be effectively treated with conservative measures such as physical therapy or injections. However, if the condition is left untreated, it can lead to long-term pain and decreased range of motion in the shoulder.

Do you accept insurance for Weightlifter’s Shoulder treatment?

Yes! The Physicians believe that cutting-edge care for chronic pain should be accessible to everyone who needs it, and we’re proud to accept insurance from providers across the Atlanta area. Visit our Insurance page to see our list of accepted providers.

How can I get started with the best pain management doctor near me?

If you’re ready to find relief from symptoms of Weightlifter’s Shoulder, The Physicians Spine & Rehabilitation Specialists are here to consult with you, answer your questions, and get you started on the road to pain relief. Schedule your appointment today using our easy online tool.