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Shoulder conditions

Your shoulders and elbows are particularly flexible joints, making them particularly at risk from injury. If you suffer from shoulder pain, strain or inflammation then performing the simplest of everyday tasks can become difficult and uncomfortable. Movements such as raising your arms or reaching behind you may be painful.

If you are currently suffering from problems with your shoulders there is help available. We offer prompt, comprehensive specialist treatment and advice relevant to your condition. Our team of highly skilled orthopaedic specialists and surgeons are renowned in this line of work and offer the support and peace of mind you need for diagnosis, treatment and aftercare.

Usually, a MRI or CT scan will be used to diagnose the problem within the shoulder but an arthroscopy procedure could be required.

Once your condition has been diagnosed, one of our specialists will be able to suggest the right treatment for you. Our team of specialists also work alongside our team of musculoskeletal physiotherapists to ensure that you return to your previous level of fitness as quickly as possible.

Possible shoulder problems include:

  • Frozen shoulder – also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is when a flexible tissue that surrounds the shoulder joint (called a capsule) becomes inflamed and restricts the range of movement in your shoulder.
  • Rotator cuff surgery - the rotator cuff tendons can suffer from tears, as well as tendonitis and bursitis (the inflammation of tendons or the fluid-filled bursa sacs found over the joints between the tendons and bones) from repetitive overuse.
  • Shoulder instability – although the shoulder joint is very moveable, shoulder instability can occur when the ball part of the shoulder joint does not move correctly in the socket. This can range from a slipping to a full shoulder dislocation.
  • Acromioclavicular joint disorders – the acromioclavicular joint is at the top of the shoulder and the ligaments can suffer from tearing or stretching.
  • Osteoarthritis – a degenerative disease that can affect the shoulder joints.
  • Broken or fractured bones – injury that breaks or fractures the bone, such as the humerus or collarbone.
  • Brachial Plexus injury - refers to any condition that affects the nerves in the brachial plexus. Common symptoms include pain, limited muscle control, loss of sensation, muscle weakness and in more severe cases paralysis.

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