Entries by The Clinic Team

Chris Robshaw to miss Six Nations: Rugby and the shoulder injury

England’s defence of their Six Nations title has got off to a shaky start against France and Wales; as head coach Eddie Jones described it, England have now used up all of their “get-out-of-jail-free cards”. The loss of Chris Robshaw due to a significant shoulder injury requiring surgery meant the England team entered the tournament with over half […]

Balloon arthroplasty for rotator cuff repair

Recent studies have shown that balloon arthroplasty for rotator cuff repair could provide significant improvement in shoulder function. Rotator cuff repairs can be notoriously painful and in more serious cases are considered irreparable. This leaves patients suffering with long-term functionality issues and often intense pain. In recent years, balloon arthroplasty has emerged as a possible […]

Don’t let shoulder pain derail your new year resolutions

Now that the new year is upon us, you may now be determined to shape up in 2017. However, if you’re suffering with shoulder pain, your new year’s get fit resolution may seem like an impossible task. The shoulder is an incredibly complex joint and an injury can cause severe pain not just within the […]

Could supplements reduce shoulder fracture risk?

Shoulder fractures, particularly clavicle fractures, are a common and very painful injury suffered by athletes. Contact sports in particular carry a high risk; though they can also be caused by a bad fall or injury. Fractures can take months to heal and for keen athletes they can have a devastating impact on their career. Recent […]

Give snowboarding injuries the cold shoulder

Although snowboarding’s ‘coolness factor’ might be melting slightly with more and more of us embracing two boards rather than one, snowboarding is still a hugely popular winter sport with a high risk of injury. Snowboarding places a lot of pressure onto the body. Unlike skiing, which sees the lower limbs most at risk of injury, […]

How will I know if I need shoulder replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgeries are becoming more common with each passing year. While knee and hip replacements remain the most common procedures, shoulder replacement surgery is quickly catching up. Performed when non-surgical treatments fail, shoulder replacement surgery is largely used to eliminate pain. However, it can also be required in order to regain full mobility of […]

Serena Williams and the curse of tennis shoulder

After being forced to pull out of yet another tournament last month, questions are being raised over the future of tennis star Serena William’s career. By William’s standards, 2016 has been a disappointing year as a persistent shoulder injury affected her performance in the Rio Olympics and the US Open. In fact, her loss in […]

What is shoulder impingement syndrome?

Shoulder impingement syndrome is a common injury affecting those who play ‘overhead’ sports and there are a wide range of activities that involve a repetitive movement which elevates the arm above the head, including cricket, tennis and swimming. Known as one of the most common causes of shoulder pain, the twinge you feel when you […]

Stretching is key to avoiding swimmer’s shoulder

Shoulder injuries are thought to affect between 40% to 91% of professional swimmers. This isn’t a surprising statistic considering that competitive swimmers, training for a number of hours, six or seven days a week, will perform many thousands of shoulder revolutions and this continuous movement places great strain upon the joint. However, while the risk […]