"Hi, I'm Mike Krzyzewski, coach of Duke University's Men's Basketball team. If you could take a journey to move better, live better, why wouldn't you? I did when I had joint replacement surgery.
"I'm here to tell you that you have two opponents. Pain and lack of mobility. Pain can get you down every day. Lack of mobility can lead to decreased speed and loss of endurance. With speed and endurance loss, you don't stay competitive and you spend energy just trying to catch up. But you've got to fight your opponents to stay in the game.
"I know it isn't always easy. There was a part of me that thought of stopping, giving up coaching altogether. I would never have won two Olympic team medals and four NCAA Championships if I hadn't had my surgeries.
"Now, I don't have to overcompensate for injury and pain. I'm more active than before, I have relief from pain and I'm even quicker on my feet. People say I look better now. Do you want your life back the way it should be? You have two choices, a continued downward spiral or take action.
"So don't let the injury win. You don't need to live in pain. That's why I want to encourage you to empower yourself. Get educated, develop a personal treatment plan with your doctor, build a team of support and commit to reclaiming your life. Remember, this is a major event in your life—treat it as such. What you put into it will multiply for you at the end of the journey."
Acromioclavicular joint arthritis occurs where the collarbone (clavicleclavicleThe collarbone.) meets the shoulder blade (scapula) at the acromion. The most common symptoms are pain at the top of the shoulder, pain when crossing the arm in front of the body (such as reaching to touch the other shoulder) or pain when raising the arms above the head.
Arthritis in this joint most commonly results from:
If arthritis is severe or symptoms are not well controlled with rest, medication, and injections, surgery may be recommended to remove the end of the collarbone.
what can patients expect long term?
Osteoarthritis affects everyone differently. In some people, their arthritis progresses rapidly, with severe symptoms. This requires aggressive management of the disease. Fortunately, the development of new medications and innovations in joint preserving or joint replacement procedures are continuing.