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WHEN IS SHOULDER REPLACEMENT SURGERY A GOOD OPTION?

Before deciding if shoulder replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is your best treatment option on the roadmap to recovery, it’s helpful to understand what conditions it’s good for treating. Shoulder replacement would be considered when a person has long term and degenerative arthritis of the shoulder. Otherwise known as osteoarthritis, this progressive degeneration of shoulder joints …

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AC joint stabilisation – The Holy grail of Shoulder surgery

TREATMENT: Whilst there is little debate on the treatment of type 1&2 (conservative), and type 4-6 (surgery), type 3 injuries continue to present a clinical dilemma. Historically, these fractures were treated conservatively and there are numerous papers to support this approach. With newer advances in arthroscopic techniques, there are growing proponents of early ligament reconstruction, …

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Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs)

There are lots of ‘scores’ used in the medical world, like the well known Glasgow Coma scale (GCS) to assess patient’s level of consciousness. Fundamentally, these provide a numeric value to a complex situation, to ease record keeping and evaluate the progress against a baseline. this also provides a common language that all healthcare providers …

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Doctor Rating

Humans have always been fascinated by stars. Since prehistoric times, we have used stars for developing calendars, creating stories, navigation, astrology, and even naming our kids! It is therefore natural that subconsciously it was recognised as a symbol of excellence, and more stars denoted a better product. Modern world is dominated by the ratings culture. …

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The Great Manchester Run – A Slug’s guide to get 10k ready

INTRODUCTION: Being a surgeon, I have a reasonably busy job that involves a lot of walking and standing on a regular basis. My phone’s step count was regularly clocking 6-7k just by covering my normal duties at work, due to the sheer size of the hospital. Outside of work, although I played regular badminton to …

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Frozen Shoulder

This is perhaps the most common presumptive diagnosis in shoulder pathology at the point of referral from primary care. Painful shoulder with limited movements is not always a true frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder, also called ‘Adhesive capsulitis’, means the movements are physically restricted, usually due to mechanical causes. The pathology can be primary (idiopathic) or …

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