Seven things you need to know about shoulder replacement surgery

Shoulder pain can be something that people tend to live with, as they may find it is not as debilitating compared to the lower limbs. However, if you have severe arthritis or have damaged your shoulder joint from a fall or sporting injury, the cartilage between the ball and socket will have worn down, causing…

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Take the weight off your shoulders

by Mr Jamie Buchanan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, MB BS, FRCS (Orth) Shoulder replacements have been around for many years but have not enjoyed the same level of success as hip and knee replacements. This is due to the very different anatomy of the joint, the thin nature of the arm and shoulder blade bones and the fact…

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I have a painful shoulder: is it impingement?

By Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Hagen Jahnich What is shoulder impingement? Shoulder pain is a very common problem and can hit any age group. However “impingement” is most common, but not exclusive, in the age group of 40 to 60. Impingement means that during use of the shoulder something catches and leads to referred pain (pain felt in…

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