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Benefit from the latest expertise in surgical and non-surgical techniques for shoulder and elbow injury or trauma

Orthopaedic Specialists shoulder and elbow team is led by three internationally renowned expert surgeons: Professor Ali Noorani, who specialises in both shoulder and elbow injuries; world-leading elbow surgeon, and Professor Roger van Riet. With unrivalled experience and knowledge, all three are at the forefront of their fields and dedicated to always giving their patients the best available treatment.

Professor Ali Noorani has vast, specialist knowledge of all conditions of the shoulder and elbow, with a particular focus on sports injuries and trauma. Having treated elite sportsmen and women and professional sports teams across the world, patients are regularly referred to him by colleagues from the UK and overseas. He takes a holistic approach to treating patients and aims to avoid surgery where possible, focusing on an integrated programme of rehabilitation through physical therapy. Where surgery is required, he uses the latest, minimally invasive techniques to speed up recovery and return patients to fitness.

Professor Roger van Riet is one of the world’s leading elbow surgeons. A pioneer in arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery of the elbow, he has been widely praised for the development of his technique to repair and reconstruct the unstable elbow as well as tendon repairs around the elbow. He performs approximately 900 elbow surgeries every year and is a sought-after teacher and speaker and prolific author in his specialism.

He is currently involved in the development of a new elbow prosthesis and numbers many international athletes, including Olympic and world champions, among those whose elbow injuries he has treated.

Together Mr Noorani and Professor van Riet combine their complementary skills to offer outstanding expertise and unparalleled experience in the field of shoulder and elbow injuries, and a firm commitment to giving their patients the best possible care and latest treatments.

Specialist Paediatric Consultant Mr Thomas Crompton is available to see children for any orthopaedic condition, including shoulder and elbow.

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.

anatomy of the shoulder diagram
anatomy of the elbow diagram


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