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Orthopaedic Specialists’ shoulder and elbow expert, Mr Ali Noorani has vast, specialist knowledge of all conditions of the shoulder and elbow, with particular focus on sports injuries and trauma. Having treated and looked after elite sportsmen and women and professional sports teams across the world, patients are regularly referred to him by colleagues from the UK and overseas.

Mr Noorani has a holistic approach to treating patients and aims to avoid surgery where possible, focusing on an integrated programme of rehabilitation working alongside a multidisciplinary team of physical therapists.

Where surgery is required, he uses the latest, minimally invasive techniques to speed up recovery and return patients to fitness and day-to-day-activity as soon as possible.

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Shoulder & elbow anatomy

The shoulder is one of the largest and most complex joints in the body. It comprises: the humerus (upper arm bone) which fits loosely into the scapula (shoulder blade) using a ball and socket joint; the acromion, which projects off the scapula; the clavicle (collarbone) which meets the acromion in the acromioclavicular joint and the coracoid process which projects from the scapula.

The rotator cuff is the name given to the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder, providing support and movement. The tendons are protected by the bursa which is a sac of fluid. The ball-like head of the humerus fits into a cuff of cartilage called the labrum.

The elbow is a hinged joint that connects the humerus (upper arm bone) and the bones of the forearm (ulna and radius). Cartilage cushions the joint and allows the bones to slide smoothly against one another.

The medial collateral ligament on the inside of the elbow and the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the elbow hold the bones together and provide stability. The annular ligament holds the head of the radius against the ulna.

Tendons attach muscle to bone. The biceps tendon attaches the biceps muscle at the front of the arm while the triceps tendon attaches the triceps muscle at the back of the arm. Most of the muscles are either attached to the lateral epicondyle, which is the bump on the outside of the elbow, or the medial epicondyle which is the bump on the inside of your elbow.

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Shoulder & elbow conditions

Biceps

Biceps injuries

The bicep is the muscle at the front of your upper arm which you use to bend your elbow and twist your forearm. There are three tendons..

Clavicle fractures

A clavicle fracture, more commonly known as a broken collarbone, frequently occurs in children, adolescents and young adults. The clavicle..

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder

A frozen shoulder – also known as adhesive capsulitis – produces stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint, which can be severe. The..

Pectoralis major injury

The pectoralis muscle is located at the front of your chest. It comprises: The pectoralis major – the larger of the two muscles which..

Shoulder pain

Shoulder impingement

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common condition that is most frequently found in active adults, particularly as they get older. It is..

Sports shoulder injury

Sports injury and trauma

Sporting injuries are common and generally occur as the result of accidents or collisions, failing to warm up or stretch sufficiently. Not..

Shoulder & elbow treatments

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ACJ reconstruction

Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) reconstruction surgery may be offered to you if you have damaged your ACJ (where your collarbone joins your..

Tennis players elbow

Elbow arthroscopy

Elbow arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is used to diagnose and repair problems with the elbow joint, such as..

Running shoulder injury

Rotator cuff repairs

Rotator cuff repair is a surgical procedure to repair a rotator cuff injury/tear. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that..

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Shoulder replacement

Shoulder joint replacement surgery is less common than knee or hip replacement surgery but it is a safe and effective procedure for..

shoulder-stablisation

Shoulder stabilisation

Shoulder stabilisation surgery is used to repair the damage caused from dislocating your shoulder or chronic shoulder instability caused by..

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