The SC joint, which is located near the neck between the collarbone and breast bone, is rarely affected by rheumatic disorders or injuries of the shoulder girdle. Swelling and pain are the main symptoms. Accident-induced instability in this joint can prove very troublesome in everyday life or during sporting activities. In most cases, conservative treatment, i.e. initial immobilisation followed by physiotherapy and local measures to reduce swelling, will alleviate the symptoms.
However, surgery may be required in rare cases. Reconstructing this highly loaded joint places great demands on the surgeon and requires patience and a willingness on the part of the patient to accept the - usually protracted - recovery period after the operation. A rehabilitation period of six to twelve months after operation is normal.