Shoulder and elbow

Shoulder and elbow complaints are classed as orthopaedic conditions which are dealt with by our private clinic on Wimpole Street. This clinic diagnoses, treats and prevents a range of conditions which include frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, arthritis and various soft tissues injuries. This also includes sports injuries as well.

These clinics are known for their high standards of quality and care. They include the latest equipment, friendly, expert staff and cutting edge treatments in state of the art surroundings. Our orthopaedic specialists and surgeons have acquired in-depth knowledge and experience of their particular field after many years of study, research and practical application.

We have specialists in sports injuries, soft tissue damage, fractures, arthritis, tennis elbow etc. They are well respected figures within their orthopaedic speciality and use this for the benefit of their patients. You will be in the very best hands for your care.

Anatomy of the shoulder

The shoulder consists of a series of structures which enable it to carry out a range of movements. This includes:

Three bones:

  • Collarbone (clavicle)
  • Shoulder blade (scapula)
  • Upper arm bone (humerus)

Three joints:

  • Sternoclavicular (near the breastbone)
  • Glenohumeral (main shoulder joint)
  • Acromioclavicular (top of the shoulder)

There is a layer of cartilage at the ends of these bones which enables them to freely perform a range of movements without any friction. These are supported by various tendons, muscles and ligaments.

The shoulder is known as an articulated joint.

Anatomy of the elbow

The elbow is a hinge joint, located within the middle of the arm. It consists of three bones:

  • Ulna
  • Radius
  • Humerus

The humerus runs from the upper arm (near the shoulder) down to the elbow where it meets the ulna and radius. The ulna and radius are two bones, situated within the forearm. The elbow joint is covered by a layer of soft tissue called the synovial membrane which is flexible and enables the elbow joint to move smoothly and freely. It also acts as a protective barrier.

Common shoulder conditions

We treat the following:

  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Fractured shoulder blade
  • Shoulder instability
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis

These are accompanied by pain, stiffness, swelling, limited movement and other symptoms.

Common elbow conditions

We also treat the following:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer’s elbow
  • Bursitis
  • Fractured elbow
  • Elbow dislocation

Pain is the most common symptom along with redness, inflammation, bruising and an inability to move the elbow joint.

Treatment for shoulder and elbow conditions

There are various options available which include both surgical and non-surgical forms of treatment.

Arthroscopy or ‘keyhole surgery’ is the preferred choice of surgical procedure. It means minimal incisions and a faster recovery.

Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Cortisone injections
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ice packs
  • Heat packs
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Splint
  • Painkillers (analgesics)

The process begins with a detailed discussion between you and the specialist or surgeon. They will ask questions about your condition as well as your medical history.

This is followed by an examination and tests, if necessary, to aid with diagnosis. These tests may take the form of an ultrasound/MRI scan, x-rays and blood tests.