Treatment of Sternoclavicular Joint Instability

  • Andrew G. Geeslin
  • Erik M. Fritz
  • Peter J. Millett


Sternoclavicular (SC) joint pathology is relatively uncommon; however, persistent pain and instability of the SC joint may result despite appropriate initial management and may require surgical treatment with resection arthroplasty and possible ligamentous reconstruction. For the correctly indicated patient, surgical treatment of the SC joint is an appropriate procedure when performed by surgeons with experience operating in this anatomic region.


Sternoclavicular joint Instability Arthroscopy Reconstruction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew G. Geeslin
    • 1
  • Erik M. Fritz
    • 2
  • Peter J. Millett
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryAscension Borgess Hospital, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of MedicineKalamazooUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  3. 3.Shoulder, Knee, Elbow and Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, The Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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