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Acromio-Clavicular Joint Pain

"Dr. G. took out bone marrow from my hip bone and took stem cell treatment and mixed it with my fat cells and injected it into my neck and also into my left shoulder. After that was done, within two or three days I noticed a significant difference on my movement, my pain threshold and the amount of movement that I could do." – Mike K.


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1. Gene and Cellular tests to evaluate your stem cell functions.



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The Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint is a common site of injury particularly for athletes involved in contact and collision sports such as football and rugby, and throwing sports such as shotput, baseball and softball.

The AC Joint makes up part of the shoulder structure. It is the point at which the lateral end of the clavicle (collar bone) meets with the part of the scapula (shoulder blade) called the Acromion Process.

The joint is surrounded by a joint capsule and is provided additional support by the acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments (the coracoclavicular ligament is made up of the trapezoid and conoid ligaments. The acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments are usually damaged in the most common injuries to the AC Joint.

What causes AC Joint injury?

An AC Joint injury often occurs as a result of a direct blow to the tip of the shoulder from, for example, an awkward fall, or impact with another player. This forces the Acromion Process downward, beneath the clavicle.

Alternately an AC Joint injury may result from an upward force to the long axis of the humerous (upper arm bone) such as a fall which directly impacts on the wrist of a straightened arm. Most typically the shoulder is in an  adducted (close to the body) and flexed (bent) position.

Common symptoms include:


Various grading scales for AC Joint injuries:

Most grading scales range from 1–3 as shown in the table below:



1 (mild)

An athlete with a grade 1 injury of the AC joint will experience tenderness and discomfort palpation and movement of the joint.  Grade 1 sprains involve only partial damage to the joint capsule and the AC ligament.  Return to play – up to 3 weeks.

2 (moderate)

A grade 2 injury will involve complete rupture of the acromioclavicular ligament and partial tear of the coracoclavicular ligament.  This tearing allows the clavicle to move upward, and as a result the bump

on the shoulder is more pronounced.  Pain is more severe and movement of the shoulder is restricted.   Return to play – minimum 4-6 weeks.

3 (severe)

A grade 3 injury involves the complete rupture of the acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular ligaments. 

The bump visible in a grade 2 tear is even more pronounced in a grade 3 injury due to complete

dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint.  Return to play – dependent on management e.g. surgery.

PRP and Stem Cells can Help:

Most times athletes are told that they need surgery to fix their sports injuries. But surgery is not the answer for most of the sports injuries, and may actually never help you regain your performance to the level you were prior to the injury.

Patients coping with sports injuries, tendon strains, sprained ligaments, muscle injuries, arthritis and more, will be comforted to know that surgery is not the only option of treatment available to them. Faster healing as well as improved functionality both are possible with innovative, cutting- edge ADULT stem cell and PRP procedures.

As alternatives to the joint surgery, SmartChoice® Procedures may help alleviate joint pain, arthritis and other sports injuries that caused it with a simple office injection procedure. We encourage the patients to walk the same day and most experience almost no downtime after our procedures whatsoever.

Dr. Garg has experience working with professional and amateur athletes from different sports to increase their performance with this unique and individualized health and wellness program. He has worked with professional athletes like former number one PGA Tour Golfer, several NFL players, many Tennis and baseball athletes and athletes from various other sports.

And if you are considering a knee, hip or other joint surgery for your sports injury, you might want to learn about how the adult stem cells and PRP procedures stack up against these risky Orthopedic surgeries.

Call us today and find out if these procedures are an option for you.

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