Years of wear and tear playing racquet sports had caused a degeneration in the ligaments in active 52-year-old Ken’s left shoulder and an acromioclavicular joint (where the shoulder meets the collar bone) impingement.
Ken’s injury was most painful when raising his arm and it meant he could no longer play tennis or enjoy gym activities. He could however still manage everyday activities except for the occasional pain when reaching up to get something from a cupboard.
Ken’s private health provider gave him a shortlist of local consultants, specialising in shoulder injuries. Having studied their profiles, he opted for Mr Ali Noorani due to his vast experience with sport-related shoulder injuries.
At Ken’s first consultation in March 2019, Mr Noorani arranged an MRI Scan and X-ray and non-operative treatments such as injections and rehab were discussed. When acromioclavicular joint injections and physio proved ineffective, surgery took place in August 2019 in the form of a mini open acromioclavicular joint excision (damaged tissue and bone removed to prevent painful contact between joints) along with complete bursectomy (removal of small fluid sac cushioning bone structures) and subacromial decompression (removal of bone and tissue to increase space under the acromion, the bony projection on shoulder blade).
Three weeks post-op, Ken’s shoulder had healed well, and he was in no pain. After three months, following physio, his shoulder was back to normal and Ken was able to perform his daily living and recreational activities effectively.
Mr Noorani said: “I am delighted at Ken’s progress so far. He has done better than most people at this early stage and with the necessary precautions, we should get a complete resolution of symptoms in the long term.”
Ken’s shoulder is now almost back to normal and he is continuing with his physiotherapy to build up its strength. He hopes to be back on the tennis court again by the end of January when he has completed his course of physiotherapy.
He advises anyone with similar problems to “go to see an experienced specialist like Mr Noorani as soon as possible.” He tried acupuncture, which helped relieve some tightness but, with hindsight, realises that the early intervention of a consultant like Mr Noorani would have led to a speedier resolution of his condition.