Acute Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Sprain
By Kate Slater | 01 October 2018

Featured Kinesio Application - October
Acute Acromioclavicular (AC) Joint Sprain

A sprain in the Acromioclavicular (AC) joint is a very common injury resulting from falling on an outstretched hand, landing on the point of the shoulder or landing on the shoulder from the side. Pain and inflammation are generally felt on the "point" of the shoulder and can be felt during shoulder movement.

The Kinesio Taping Technique uses the elastic qualities of the tape to hold down the clavicle near its formation of the AC joint with the acromion process of the scapula. The Kinesio strip will be applied using the ligament correction, using significant tension and downward pressure.

In the acute phase a lymphatic correction technique like the one below may be used to reduce oedema as a result of the injury.


ACUTE PHASE LYMPH:

Two lymphatic correction strips will be applied.

  1. Place one anchor of the Kinesio fan strip near the middle one third of the clavicle. Apply 0-20% of available tension and direct the tails of the fan over the AC joint towards the posterior deltoid region. Pat or rub to initiate adhesive prior to any further patient movement.
  2. A second strip begins by placing the anchor of the Kinesio fan strip near the middle one third of the spine of the scapula. Apply 0-20% of available tension and direct the tails of the fan over the AC joint and towards the anterior deltoid region. Pat to initiate adhesive prior to any further patient movement. The two strips should form a crisscross pattern.
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