Contact details

BRISTOL SPIRE
HOSPITAL CLINIC

SECRETARY
0117 980 4059

SECRETARY EMAIL
JOANNE COOMBS

CHELTENHAM NUFFIELD HOSPITAL CLINIC

SECRETARY
01242 246542

SECRETARY EMAIL
CHARLOTTE MORRIS






Treatments

Painful conditions of the upper limb whilst usually not life threatening, can make life virtually unbearable, we often forget we have shoulders elbows and wrists whilst concentrating on activities using our hands. When a painful condition of the shoulder elbow and wrist or hand develops we realise just how much we take our upper limbs for granted. Also we realise how important they are for every activity we undertake every day.
The misery of sleep interruption by pain will become draining after even a short period as the body needs rest to recover from the previous day and prepare for the day's activities ahead.
Whilst often painful conditions affecting the upper limb are not life threatening, there exist many treatments to cure or relieve symptoms which cause pain and affect the function of the upper limb.

It is Mr. Blewitt job to undertake an evaluation of your problem, provide an explanation as to the cause of your problem and discuss with you the options of treatment that are available.
Mr. Blewitt will see you and take a full medical history, examine you and undertaking investigations. These investigations will often involve plain x-rays or more sophisticated imaging scans and sometimes blood tests or nerve conduction studies may be required.
Following the diagnosis and an explanation of the problem causing your symptoms, Mr. Blewitt will discuss with you the options of treatment available and the success of such treatments.
Options of treatment include simple measures such as medication, physiotherapy, activity modification or possibly injections. This may be all that is required for a satisfactory outcome.

However when conservative measures fail to control symptoms then the option of surgical treatment will be discussed with you. Whilst no one wishes to have an operation modern treatments can result in a quicker more comfortable recovery and return to activities.

Most operations are undertaken under a general anaesthetic as a day case. The more major open operations will require a short stay in hospital. Mr Blewitt will explain fully to you what specifically you can expect in your individual situation, with particular reference to your operation and in your expected recovery and any potential problems to look out for.