‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.
Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.
This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on Wednesday 5 December 2012, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.
Read the response by Mr Thiyaga Selvan, consultant orthopaedic and shoulder surgeon:
“Dear Spire Gatwick, I am 47 years old and have a problem with my shoulder. My shoulder joint becomes stiff, feels very heavy, and is very weak when arthritis is present. The stiffness is usually worse in the morning; it also feels like its grinding. It’s very painful and is affecting me as I am a baggage handler at the airport. What can be done so sort this problem”? Mr Patel, Langley Green.
Dear Mr Patel, from what you have described raises possibilities of few conditions. Firstly, the assumption that you have arthritis is untrue. You could have symptoms suggestive of early frozen shoulder. Also it can be pain coming from AC joint which is a small joint above the shoulder joint. You may be also having rotator cuff problems considering your occupation as a baggage handler.
Therefore you are advised to see a shoulder specialist who will be able to properly assess you and carry out necessary investigations to accurately diagnose your condition and offer appropriate treatment. I have clinics at the Spire Gatwick Park Hospital every Monday, please do not hesitate to call 01293 778 906 to book an appointment with me.