Ski and snowboard injuries involving the shoulder and upper limb are common during the winter season, as people enjoy ski holidays abroad. The injuries range from bone fractures through to soft tissue injury about the shoulder and elbow region. The most common injuries are fractures of the clavicle (collar bone) and humerus, dislocations of the the major shoulder ball and socket joint itself (glenohumeral joint) or the collarbone (acromio-clavicular / ACJ) joint, together with injuries to the rotator cuff tendons.
The management of ski injuries has significantly evolved in the past few years and specialist advice can be important in order to obtain the best possible outcome.
Occasionally, surgery is undertaken in the ski resort. However, frequently patients return to the UK for advice and treatment, including surgery.
At the Shoulder Unit, we try to ensure that all patients who have are referred to the Shoulder Unit following a ski or snowboard injury are seen within 24 – 48 hours. We have great expertise in dealing with such problems.
Should you wish for a consultation in respect of a winter sports shoulder or elbow injury, please contact our coordinator on the contact details below.