What are elbow sports injuries?

The upper limb has so many functions in our daily lives and the normal function of the shoulder and elbow plays a significant role in almost every sport. Whether it is for volleying in tennis, throwing the ball in football or making a tackle in rugby, the need for an individual to be pain-free, maintain range of movement, stability and power in a joint are essential to their ability to be involved in and compete in sports. This is paramount to an individual in maintaining their own physical, mental and in some cases financial health. Injuries can occur from attritional causes and also from acute sport-related trauma.

What are the symptoms of elbow sports injuries?

Symptoms in the elbow can vary from instability of the elbow (more regularly seen with contact sports and secondary to previous injuries) to tennis elbow and biceps pain from upper body training and elbow fractures in cyclists and jockeys. The symptoms will be injury specific. However, the net result prevents the patient from training, playing, competing and being at their peak when it comes to sporting performance.

How is it diagnosed?

It is diagnosed by taking a careful history and performing a detailed examination. Detailed assessment of the patients sporting needs and requirements will be undertaken. Associated imaging including X-ray, ultrasound, and MRI and CT scans will also be utilised.

How is it treated?

Activity modification is an extremely important component of treatment, including looking at the frequency of training and the training regimes undertaken in order to lower the risk of recurrence and ensure that the individual is optimising their body’s potential. We achieve this by close working relationships with all of our physiotherapy network, as this is essential to improve longevity.

For acute injuries, the aim of our team is to get individuals safely back to their chosen sport with limited delay. We strive to get patients back to the same level of sport they were enjoying prior to any sporting injury.

If you or someone you know has suffered an injury or is experiencing pain in their shoulder or difficulty with moving the shoulder, arm or elbow and would like a consultant-led review, please contact us. Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of ACJ injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


Grosvenor Orthopaedics have extensive experience in the treatment of should & elbow -related injuries with excellent patient outcomes.


If you would like to learn about other shoulder & elbow conditions click the button below to find out more


If you would like to learn about other shoulder & elbow treatments click the button below to find out more

our specialist shoulder and elbow consultants

Shoulder and Elbow care at Grosvenor Orthopaedics is led by our consultant surgeons Mr W James White and Mr David Butt, both graduates of London medical colleges. They bring extensive experience to Grosvenor Orthopaedics having worked across Guys NHS Trust and the world renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Our team have broad experience in the successful treatment of a range of shoulder and elbow problems, addressing both young and sports related injuries as well as those relating to trauma, disease process and genetics.

Patients who choose Grosvenor Orthopaedic Partners for their treatment will receive some of the best care available in the UK. Our team are leading consultants across London’s shoulder and elbow clinics and offer specialist care to our private patients through King Edward’s Hospital, HCA Lister and other major private hospitals in central London.

Our team are well placed to manage and treat a diverse range of shoulder and elbow problems utilising cutting edge diagnostic technology and treatment approaches, both surgical and conservative. Below is an overview of some of the conditions we treat but for a more thorough understanding please contact our team here


Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

FRCS(Tr&Orth), MBBS, BSc(Hons)
James is a Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, practising at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, King Edward VII’s, The Lister Hospital Chelsea and HCA Chiswick Outpatient Clinic. His practice encompasses all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery including arthroscopy, arthroplasty and trauma. He has a reputation as a thorough clinician, effective communicator and skilled surgeon. Through joint decision-making with the patient and utilising non-operative techniques where possible, he achieves the best possible outcomes for patients. When surgery is required, James has excellent outcomes based on his precise and prepared approach to operating.


Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon

FRCS(Tr&Orth), MSc, MBBS, BSc(Hons)
David is a Consultant Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, practising at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore, King Edward VII’s Hospital and One Hatfield. His practice involves all aspects of shoulder and elbow surgery, from minor injuries to complex reconstructive procedures. He strongly believes in shared decision making and a patient-centred approach to treatment. He is a meticulous surgeon using up to date and evidence-based techniques to treat every patient’s individual needs.

What some of our patients say

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