Skiing injuries 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.
To ask a question about skiing injuries or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. Our shoulder team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.
If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP.
If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.