A new treatment that recently became available at Spire Clare Park Hospital has greatly improved the life of Fiona Dunbar who had a chronic tennis elbow condition in her right arm (Lateral Epicondylitis). Orthopaedic shoulder and upper limb specialist, Mr Philip Rosell, who is a member of Spire Clare Park’s Orthopaedic Centre of Excellence and Orthopaedic team, Joint Reaction prescribed Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT), a treatment that is widely used by Premier League football teams and athletes.
Married Fiona, who is 45 with two children and lives in Frimley, had endured four years of chronic pain and was at her wit’s end; she recapped “There were times when I couldn’t even pick up a glass of water. I tried physiotherapy, acupuncture, the strongest painkillers, had two cortisone injections and even homeopathy just to keep the pain at bay.” The intense pain meant she had to give up her job as a carer for the elderly and her quality of life was severely affected.
Mr Rosell first saw Fiona in the summer of 2011 and the suffering Fiona was undergoing was plain to see; “She had really severe symptoms, possibly the worst case of tennis elbow I had ever seen” he said.
After performing surgery as a first course of action, the condition improved but there was still considerable pain. After nine months to assess the outcome of the surgery, Mr Rosell performed ESWT, a non-invasive treatment that involves shockwaves being passed through the skin to the injured part of the body.
The treatment, which can be mildly uncomfortable, involves three sessions of approximately twenty minutes, a week to ten days apart, prompts the body to respond naturally by increasing blood circulation, the number of blood vessels and therefore metabolism in the injured tissue. This accelerates the body's natural healing process by increasing cell generation and dissolving calcium deposits.
Mr Rosell added “ESWT offers two main advantages over traditional surgical methods; fewer potential complications and a faster return to normal activity.” In the case of Fiona, she has got her life back – “I am free of pain, can return to work and take up my hobby – embroidery again! I am very grateful to Mr Rosell, whose compassion and understanding greatly helped me on my road to recovery” said Fiona.
The treatment, which is not currently available on the NHS and only available through some insurance providers, costs around £1000 and is available on a self-pay basis at Spire Clare Park Hospital.
Fiona ended “If there is anyone considering ESWT and is unsure about the treatment, I would be happy to tell them about my experience through contacting Clare Park Hospital”.
Further Information about Mr Philip Rosell, BSc FRCS Orth
Philip Rosell is a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon specialising in shoulder and elbow conditions. He has been a consultant at Frimley Park Hospital since 2005
Philip Rosell was born in Hampshire in 1966 and attended schools in Farnborough including the Salesian College. He went to boarding school in London (Dulwich) prior to studying Medicine at Guys Hospital. Whilst at University he joined the Army as a medical officer, a capacity he maintains to the current day.
After qualification in 1991 he worked at The Cambridge Military Hospital and as the Regimental Medical Officer to 1st Bn Parachute Regiment in Aldershot. He carried out his surgical training at Portsmouth and Frimley with a plastic surgery post in Salisbury prior to orthopaedic training in Wessex. His training was completed with a sports trauma fellowship in Grenoble in the French Alps in 2004-2005 where he was involved in developing computer aided surgical techniques. Prior to commencing his consultant post at Frimley he was offered a shoulder surgery fellowship at Oxford under Professor Andrew Carr. His surgical interests are shoulder and elbow surgery (including joint replacement) and sports injuries of the shoulder.
He remains a regular officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps and has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he has gained considerable experience in dealing with major trauma.
His interests include sailing, rugby, skiing and French language and culture. He married Tracey in 1994 and they have 2 daughters who keep them busy competing in equestrian events.