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AC Joint Rehabilitation

Acromioclavicular (AC) joint injuries are the most frequent acute shoulder girdle injuries in athletes, and require a structured rehabilitation program to get your athletes back on the field into contact situations.

In this video on AC Joint Rehabilitation, Wallabies Physiotherapist Andrew Ryan presents on the anatomy of the AC joint and supporting ligaments, mechanisms of injury, how to assess, diagnose and grade AC joint injuries. He then takes you through a comprehensive rehabilitation program step by step, from the time of injury on the field, right through to return to play and full contact.

Part 1 covers Anatomy of the AC Joint and ligaments, injury grading. 

Part 2 - Timeframes for return to play, management of grade 3 injuries, conservative or surgical management
Part 3 - Acute management and pain relief
Part 4 - Mechanism of injury, assessment of the AC joint and diagnosis
Part 5 - Taping for the AC Joint
Part 6 - Kinesio taping for the AC Joint
Part 7 - Early rehab guidelines
Part 8 - Early rehab exercises - rotator cuff
Part 9 - Early rehab exercises - standing, seated and side lying
Part 10 - Early rehab exercises - prone and supine
Part 11 - Intermediate rehab exercises - wall and ball
Part 12 - Intermediate rehab exercises - theraband and overhead 
Part 13 - Advanced rehab exercises - pushup progressions
Part 14 - Advanced rehab exercises - proprioception and combined movements
Part 15 - Return to contact and summary

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AC Joint Rehabilitation Handout

Audio - AC Joint Rehabilitation

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