AC Joint Injury Management

Catherine Logan

January 23rd, 2020

What Outcome Measures are Reported in the Management of Acromioclavicular Joint Injuries?
SourceOJSM, January 8, 2020 *Full-Text*
Clinical Question: To identify the most commonly reported outcome measures for AC joint injuries.
Points to Consider: Systematic review with 92 articles meeting inclusion criteria. Most commonly reported measures were Constant score, VAS for pain, Am Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) score, Simple Shoulder Test and UCLA. 
Bottom Line:  The Constant score most commonly reported (in 75% of the studies). The next closest reported outcome score was ASES (21%). Since such heterogeneity exists in reporting of shoulder outcome scores in general, the authors recommend therapists and surgeons use 4 outcome measures (Constant, VAS-pain, ASES and SST) to assist in determination of the patient’s outcome.

Need a refresher?.… bookmark these links to each measure
Constant Shoulder Score
ASES Score

About the Author:
Catherine A. Logan, MD, MBA, MSPT is a sports medicine Orthopaedic Surgeon and writer. Based in Denver, CO, she is an attending at Colorado Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics at Rose Medical Center. Dr. Logan is the Head League Physician for Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) member of the team physician pool for the US Ski & Snowboard teams each year. Dr. Logan completed her Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program and her Sports Medicine Fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Philippon Research Institute/The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. Logan is also on the board of The Chill Foundation.