Shoulder and elbow

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The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the human body. Think about all the movements you perform using your shoulder, arms and hands, including pushing, pulling and lifting. The fact that it is so mobile means your shoulder joint is particularly prone to instability. The joint is made up of a fairly shallow glenoid cavity (the socket) and a large humeral head (the ball), which is kept in place by the rotator cuff – a group of muscles surrounding the joint. Shoulder injuries are common particularly in certain types of sport. Your elbow is a sophisticated hinge joint between the bones of your upper and lower arm. It contains three bones, held in place by numerous tendons and ligaments plus 23 muscles, which help you to extend, retract and turn your arm.

Harley Street Specialist Hospital has a world-class team of specialist orthopaedic surgeons who specialise in diagnosing and treating all kinds of shoulder and elbow conditions, ranging from the routine to the highly complex.

Our shoulder and elbow consultants