Distal clavicle osteolysis is a painful shoulder condition that usually affects weightlifters, but it can affect manual laborers and athletes in sports that use the upper extremities. The pain develops at the end of the clavicle (collarbone) where it meets the tip of the shoulder blade at the AC joint.

You likely will notice pain on the front or top of your shoulder, especially with weightlifting activities that compress the joint. Bench press and military press are two exercises that often cause pain from distal clavicle osteolysis. Lifting heavy objects at work or reaching across your body can cause pain as well.

Also read:
Arthroscopic shoulder surgery: What you need to know

In this video, I discuss the common symptoms patients often experience with distal clavicle osteolysis. I also explain how doctors make the diagnosis and what the usual non-surgical and surgical treatment options are.

Also read:
Clavicle fractures: Mechanism of injury, diagnosis and treatment

Man with shoulder injury in pain


Recommended Products and Resources
Click here to go to Dr. David Geier’s Amazon Influencer store!
Due to a large number of questions I have received over the years asking about products for health, injuries, performance, and other areas of sports, exercise, work and life, I have created an Amazon Influencer page. While this information and these products are not intended to treat any specific injury or illness you have, they are products I use personally, have used or have tried, or I have recommended to others. THE SITE MAY OFFER HEALTH, FITNESS, NUTRITIONAL AND OTHER SUCH INFORMATION, BUT SUCH INFORMATION IS DESIGNED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. THE CONTENT DOES NOT AND IS NOT INTENDED TO CONVEY MEDICAL ADVICE AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE. YOU SHOULD NOT RELY ON THIS INFORMATION AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR, NOR DOES IT REPLACE, PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR TREATMENT. THE SITE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ACTIONS OR INACTION ON A USER’S PART BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT IS PRESENTED ON THE SITE. Please note that as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.