Why do tyou need to consult with an orthopaedic surgeon when you have an elbow or shoulder injury? To keep or regain the motion you had.  Some spend most of their adult life in pain, as repetitive positions and chores take their toll on their bodies.  You may treat the symptoms with medication, but what if the actual cause of the pain could be treated and corrected? 

Orthopaedic specialists such as Nick Ferran, Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles from the shoulder to the hands.  Shoulder or elbow issues limit our independence and quality of life.  Treating injuries with medication may cover the discomfort, but don’t fix the problem that created the pain symptom.  Take the time to consult with Mr. Nick Ferran and learn what can be accomplished by a devoted orthopaedic professional.

Mr. Nick Ferran is passionate about treating conditions such as frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, fractures and dislocations around the shoulder or elbow, and nerve problems such as cubital tunnel syndrome, and carpal tunnel syndrome.  These problems don’t heal over time without treatment.  In fact, they may actually cause permanent damage if not attended. 

Sometimes, the symptoms are vague or confusing and hard to connect with the source of the problem.  Here are some of the symptoms and risks associated with conditions of the shoulder and elbow:

Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.  When the capsule of connective tissue encasing your shoulder, joint thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, movement is restricted and painful, resulting the name, Frozen Shoulder.   Over the counter pain medications and exercises may arrest the loss of range of motion, but there are other options your surgeon may suggest helping you regain the motion and use of your affected shoulder.

Rotator Cuff Tear is a common injury, especially in sports like tennis or jobs like painting or window cleaning.  If you have a deep ache in your shoulder that has continued for weeks or even months, it is not likely to disappear on its own.  It may be time to contact an orthopedic professional and find out whether your injury will need treatment in order to heal properly.

Elbow Fractures and adjacent injuries heal better with the right treatment and if able, rehabilitation exercises to avoid loss of range of motion.  The specific treatment that is indicated varies with the specific injury.  Don’t guess what is wrong, talk to your Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon and get the treatment your elbow, and any other injured ligaments, muscles, and bones need to heal correctly. 

Shoulder Fractures may affect the clavicle, collarbone scapula or proximal humerus bones as well as the ball and socket joint that when healthy and free of injury, has the greatest range of motion of all the body’s joints.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, if left untreated can lead to permanent nerve damage in the hand.  Warning signs of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome include intermittent numbness, tingling and pain to the little finger, ring finger and the inside of the hand.  Symptoms can worsen when the elbow is bent for a long time like when driving, sleeping or talking on the phone.  CTS can cause loss of sensation and muscle weakness.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by a different suppressed nerve than Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, but can also cause numbness, tingling and pain in the hand and arm.  Without treatment, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause permanent nerve and muscle damage.  If your symptoms are constant, it is time to consult.

These are some of the more common disorders of shoulders and elbows, but there are a wide range of problems that are best diagnosed by your orthopaedic medical professional.   Act today to learn whether your pain can be remedied.