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25 MARCH 2018 HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS


Shoulder problems need not hamper your lifestyle


SPECIALIST CLINICS 33


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he shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body, and certainly the most mobile and dynamic. This predisposes it


to a range of problems, which could affect any age group. Shoulder problems could range from the joint being unstable and ‘popping out’ in the very young to tendon problems in the middle aged and arthritic conditions in the older age group. The shoulder could also be injured at work or while playing sport. More and more people are taking up an active lifestyle and wanting to keep fit with a variety of sports and leisure activities and the shoul- der need not get in the way.


Shoulder problems could range from the joint being unstable and ‘popping out’ in the very young to tendon problems in the middle aged and arthritic conditions in the older age group


Historically, shoulder problems used to


be neglected by clinicians including some specialists due to limited understanding, treatment options and expertise. Once the correct diagnosis is made, many shoulder problems can be treated with physiother- apy and appropriate injections. However, a small proportion might need operative intervention. Recent advances in shoulder surgery allow most of these operations to be carried out through keyhole surgery tech- niques with the patient allowed to go home the same day and often go back to a light job in a couple of days. More serious arthritic conditions would


need joint replacement surgery. A variety of options


from bone-preserving resurfacing


surgery to more complex reverse-polarity joint replacements are available with predict- able results. Again, most of these operations can now be carried out safely with the pa- tient often returning home on the same day. Shoulder pain shouldn’t stop you from enjoy- ing your life to the full.


Mr Joby J George Malal is a consultant upper limb surgeon with a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. He under- takes arthroscopic shoulder and elbow surgery as well as shoulder and elbow joint


replacement surgery. He works


across hospitals in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. A holistic team of thera- pists including physiotherapists works with him to achieve the best results. He has published and presented widely on various upper limb problems and is an invited faculty at shoulder courses.


For more information T: 00333 012 4051 E: info@bedfordshouldersurgeon.com bedfordshouldersurgeon.com


Meet the expert


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