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Shoulder

Although most people think of the shoulder as a single joint, there are really two joints in the area of the shoulder. One is located where the collarbone (clavicle) meets the tip of the shoulder bone (acromion). This is called the acromioclavicular or AC joint. The junction of the upper arm bone (humerus) with the shoulder blade (scapula) is called the glenohumeral joint. The shoulder is the most mobile and versatile joint. The mobility is gained at the cost of stability and number of shoulder conditions stem from this. It is also prone to number of sporting injuries and work related disorders.

 

Shoulder disorders can significantly affect many functions of the arm particularly having an adverse affect on ability to work and play sport. The shoulder surgeons at the Manchester Orthopaedic Group can provide expert assessment of all shoulder conditions including injury, bursitis, fractures, frozen shoulder, impingement, rotator cuff injuries, instability and varied effects of arthritis.

 

We will advise you on the most appropriate treatment options including injections, physiotherapy or surgery. The shoulder surgeons at the Manchester orthopaedic group  - Jochen Fischer and Mohammed Waseem - can provide expert advice, assessment and treatment of all shoulder problems. The treatment might range from keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery to replacement surgery, or in trauma situations fracture fixation surgery.

 

Following injury we can provide a full assessment of the shoulder and, with appropriate treatment, the complications of significant stiffness, reduction in strength and significant disability can be avoided. We have access to X-ray and other imaging techniques, including MR scans, in order to make the correct diagnosis of an injury. With this information we can advice on the most appropriate treatment and the lightly outcome and function.

 

Most shoulder surgery is performed as a day case procedure, often under a regional block (numbing of the arm) rather than a full anaesthetic. Following surgery, appropriate slings or support is applied followed by close post-operative follow-up, including access to our own physiotherapist and occupational therapist.

 

Common Conditions

Bursitis and tendinitis

Impingement syndrome

Osteoarthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

Rotator cuff tears

Instability

Frozen shoulder

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