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Assessment and treatment for your shoulder and elbow conditions
As a result, any problem in the shoulder or elbow can have a significant impact on normal life. You may quickly find yourself struggling to carry out many of your normal activities and tasks. If you’re an athlete, you could find you’re no longer able to compete at the level you’re used to. Shoulder pain might be waking you up at night, or stiffness in the joint may make it almost impossible to put a shirt on by yourself.
Long-term or severe pain, stiffness or weakness in a shoulder or elbow can have a big impact on your physical, mental and emotional health.
Here at BMI The Blackheath Hospital, our experienced Consultants can help you get out of pain and stiffness and back to doing the things you enjoy once more.
While there are many things that can go wrong in a shoulder or elbow joint, some of the common reasons people visit us are for:
Whether you’re struggling with pain in your shoulder or weakness in your elbow, it can be helpful to meet with a Shoulder and Elbow Consultant for expert assessment and treatment advice.
When you first meet with your doctor here at BMI The Blackheath Hospital, they’ll take your medical history and talk with you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. They may ask you questions like:
They will carry out a physical examination of your elbow or shoulder, assessing the degree of mobility, flexibility and strength you have in the joint. This examination can also help them determine the effects of any pain or stiffness you have and how it is affecting your function.
Further tests may be needed to confirm a diagnosis or to assess the extent of any joint damage. With comprehensive imaging facilities on site, including X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound, we can quickly and easily arrange any tests needed.
If non-surgical treatments aren’t able to provide you with the symptomatic relief you need, your Consultant may discuss having surgery to effectively treat the problem.
There are a number of ways surgery can be carried out on the shoulder and elbow, from a type of keyhole surgery known as arthroscopy through to “open” surgery. The majority of surgical treatments for the shoulder and elbow can be carried out using keyhole techniques, which cause less scarring and a faster recovery. Some operations, such as shoulder replacement surgery, are carried out using traditional “open” surgery.
If you do require surgery, your doctor will explain how the operation is done, the results you should expect to see from the surgery and any potential risks you need to be aware of. You will always have the information you need to make an informed decision about your treatment. If you have any questions or concerns at any stage, your Consultant will be happy to discuss them with you to address all your concerns.
People who choose to have their shoulder and elbow surgery with us benefit from:
There are effective treatments available, both non-surgical and surgical, for a wide range of injuries and conditions. Your Consultant will investigate the cause of your problem and then talk you through all treatment options. If surgery is needed, they will arrange that for you without delay.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and 6 months' aftercare
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code
Pay for yourself with the BMI card and spread the cost over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)