Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems

Shoulder pain and loss of shoulder function are very common, with four percent of the population visiting their GP each year and 50 percent still reporting pain and disability after six months.

More and more patients are now referred to secondary care - hospital specialists - for surgical treatments. There is much that is still unknown about which patients with common shoulder problems are best treated with surgery, at what stage this surgery is best advised, and how best to ensure a good and rapid recovery. There are also uncertainties about which operations and techniques might be best, and when such operations should be considered over conservative treatment such a physiotherapy.

This PSP was funded by the British Elbow and Shoulder Society, and the British Orthopaedic Association. It was supported by and based in the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Unit and Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

The Surgery for Common Shoulder Problems PSP published its Top 10 in June 2015. 

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