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Expert care for shoulder and elbow problems
Given the involvement of the shoulder and elbow in so many common movements, a problem with them can have a significant impact on life. Shoulder or elbow pain, stiffness and weakness are all common complaints.
If you have any type of problem in your elbow or shoulder, it can be sensible to get help and advice from an expert. The Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons at BMI The Harbour Hospital treat a range of shoulder and elbow concerns, helping to get people out of pain and stiffness and back to better movement and function in the arm once again. They would be delighted to help you too.
People visit the Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons at The Harbour for a number of reasons, including:
Degenerative problems like arthritis in the shoulder and elbow become more common as we age, but younger patients can be affected by them too.
Some of the common shoulder and elbow conditions seen by the Shoulder and Elbow Consultant at The Harbour are:
Whatever problem you’re experiencing in your shoulder or elbow, our experienced Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons can help you.
They will take a clinical history and examine the affected area.
Depending on your specific symptoms and the physical examination, you may be referred for further investigations. This will normally be an X-ray of the shoulder or elbow, which can help to show obvious abnormalities in the bony structures. For soft tissue damage, such as bursitis or a rotator cuff tear, an Ultrasound or MRI scan will normally be preferred, and these will be arranged for you at the earliest opportunity.
Once any test results are back, your Consultant will be able to plan the best treatment for you. They will discuss suitable treatment options with you and talk through any questions or concerns you may have.
If these non-surgical treatments aren’t able to relieve your symptoms, surgery may be needed.
A frozen shoulder will resolve naturally over time (although this can be many months). Some people will have more significant pain or stiffness that doesn’t respond to the standard treatments of physiotherapy or steroid injection. For these situations, a keyhole surgical release may be considered to relive symptoms and restore movement and function to the shoulder again.
Rotator cuff tears will often need keyhole surgery to repair, and this is usually done as a day case procedure.
Osteoarthritis in the shoulder can cause real pain and stiffness. When it is more advanced and causing near immobility in the shoulder, Shoulder replacement surgery can be helpful. The worn, damaged joint is replaced with a new artificial shoulder joint (prosthesis). There are different ways this surgery can be done, and your Consultant will explain the best option for you.
Whatever treatment you require, whether surgical or non-surgical, it will always be tailored to your specific needs. If you do need surgery, your Consultant will explain how it will be done, the benefits you should realistically expect to see from it and any potential risks or complications you need to be aware of before making a decision about whether to have the surgery or not.
If you have any questions or concerns at any time, they will always be very happy to talk these through with you to put your mind at ease.
Many of our patients are from Poole and the surrounding areas, although people also travel from further afield, from places like Hampshire, to benefit from the expertise of our Shoulder and Elbow Consultants.
We treat people with private medical insurance and those who choose to self-pay.
When you choose BMI The Harbour Hospital for your shoulder or elbow treatment, you will benefit from:
For expert treatment for your shoulder or elbow problem, book your appointment online today.
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