Anatomy and biomechanics of the acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints

Kevin J. Renfree, Thomas W. Wright

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The acromioclavicular and sternoclavicular joints have important soft-tissue static constraints that, based on biomechanical studies, imply a great deal of stability. The infrequency of significant symptoms following dislocations of these joints certainly highlights the fact that the dynamic muscle support is also very important. In performing resections of these joints for degenerative disease, our goal should be to preserve these important ligamentous supports by minimizing the amount of bone excised, as this seems to optimize results [84]. Precise isometric reconstruction of these complex, three-dimensional ligamentous structures merits further investigation in the laboratory and clinical settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-237
Number of pages19
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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