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  • Shoulder pain, stiffness or weakness? You'll find specialist expert one-to-one diagnosis, treatment and care at Cardiff Shoulder Clinic
  • Shoulder pain, stiffness or weakness? You'll find specialist expert one-to-one diagnosis, treatment and care at Cardiff Shoulder Clinic

Shoulder Conditions

Shoulder pain is fairly common, affecting around 30 per cent of adults at any one time. It’s important to recognise however that pain is a symptom, rather than a condition, and there can be several causes of the pain you’re experiencing.

The most common shoulder disorders include:

  • Rotator cuff disorders (a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint), including impingement, bursitis, tendonitis and tears, which can cause instability in your joint
  • Frozen shoulder, which is a painful condition that restricts your normal movement in the joint and can sometimes prevent you from moving your shoulder entirely
  • Shoulder arthritis, degeneration and related acute problems, including osteoporosis and inflammatory
  • Shoulder instability, due to a dislocation or excess movement in the shoulder known as hypermobility
  • Acromio-clavicular (AC) joint disorders, including arthritis and dislocations, which affect the joint at the top of the shoulder
  • Fracture of the shoulder and surrounding areas

Rotator cuff and frozen shoulder disorders most commonly affect middle?aged and older people while shoulder instability and acromio-clavicular (AC) joint disorders tend to affect younger people, particularly individuals who lead active lives, have heavy jobs and play certain sports. Contact sports, such as rugby, and sports that involve repetitive shoulder movements, such as overarm bowling or throwing are key causes.

If you know or think you may be suffering with a shoulder condition and would like to arrange a consultancy with expert shoulder consultant, Richard Evans, please call
029 20759974 or email info@cardiffshoulderclinic.co.uk.

Richard Evans

Richard Evans, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Richard Evans

BMed.Sci. (Hons) BM; BS; MSc.FRCS; FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Current Positions:

  • Director, Cardiff Shoulder Clinic
  • Orthopaedic Consultant and Surgeon in Spire Hospital, Cardiff
  • Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust Clinical
  • Lead in Shoulder Surgery at the University Hospital of Wales

Richard Evans is a senior shoulder surgeon working in Wales. In addition to treating patients at the Cardiff Shoulder Clinic, Richard is an Orthopaedic Consultant and Surgeon in Spire Cardiff Hospital and a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust. Richard is also the Clinical Lead in Shoulder Surgery at the University Hospital of Wales.

Richard grew up in Cardiff and went to University in Nottingham, returning to Wales for his surgical training. He completed 2 Fellowships in Shoulder Surgery and Sports Injury in Sydney, Australia.  This trained him in the latest techniques in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery.

He is an active member of the British Elbow & Shoulder Society and regularly presents his latest research projects. He acts as Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues.

Richard ensures that he gives back to education by lecturing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the following areas: Course Convener for Cardiff Basic Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, MSc Orthopaedic Engineering at Cardiff University where he is the Shoulder Lead, and MSc Sports Medicine at UWIC where he has also been an invited speaker on the shoulder for the past 2 years.

Research has always been a passion for Richard. He is currently working with Cardiff University looking at soft tissue and bony healing around the shoulder. He has close links with Bioengineering looking at shoulder motion analysis and bio-markers. Richard is also working with a company to develop a device to improve clavicle fracture fixation.

Richard has always had an interest in the mechanics of the shoulder, "because of my interest in biomechanics, and sports, this has enhanced my interest in arthroscopy which requires good hand eye co-ordination…. A sign of my mis-spent youth!"

Richard spends much of his personal time with his family, in the gym or watching welsh rugby.

About Cardiff Shoulder Clinic

Photo: Martyn Williams, Welsh International Rugby Player in consultation with Richard

About

Cardiff Shoulder Clinic, specialises in providing one-to-one expert treatment for all types of shoulder conditions, from general everyday wear, to hereditary conditions and complex injuries.

As the lead specialist and founder of Cardiff Shoulder Clinic, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Richard Evans has 20 years of experience in shoulder care and understands the impact shoulder pain, stiffness and weakness can have on your daily life.

Richard's wealth of knowledge and experience, combined with his holistic approach and expert team of medical professionals, where possible, he is able to offer a conservative treatment option, avoiding invasive surgery. Where shoulder surgery is the best option, Richard's extensive experience in keyhole surgery (known as arthroscopic surgery) ensures patients benefit from quicker recovery times and a better healthcare experience.

Richard is an Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues, and a member of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society. He is trustworthy, friendly and approachable, providing a personal service to all patients.

For more information or to arrange a consultation with Cardiff Shoulder Clinic, please call 029 20759974 or email info@cardiffshoulderclinic.co.uk.

Sporting Injury

Shoulder injuries can happen to anyone, but if you’re active and play certain contact sports, or sports that cause you to use your shoulder repetitively, you can be more prone to shoulder conditions and injuries.

Rugby, ice hockey, cricket, rowing, swimming, gym and bowling are all common sports that can lead to shoulder injuries. Serious shoulder injuries, such as fractures and dislocations also commonly arise from impact, such as falling off a horse or bike.

Regardless of whether you’re a professional rugby player or a happy hacker, sporting shoulder injuries can be a big blow, potentially having an impact on your career, personal and social life. Nonetheless, with correct and prompt treatment and care, you can make a full recovery.

As one of Wales’ most senior Orthopaedic Consultants and Surgeons with more than 10 years’ experience in diagnosing, treating and caring for sporting shoulder injuries, Richard Evans has successfully managed hundreds of patients with every type of shoulder injury.

Richard is an Honorary Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and Cardiff Blues and over the past decade has worked with countless rugby players, including British Lions, Welsh Internationals, regional professionals and amateurs. Players for the Scarlets, Ospreys and Cardiff RFC are also regularly referred to Richard by physiotherapists.

In addition to the world of rugby, Richard works with the Cardiff Devils, Glamorgan Cricket and members of Team Wales, which includes elite sports men and women at all levels. Richard also regularly lectures at Cardiff University and UWIC to postgraduate students in Sports Related Injuries.

Crucially, to ensure optimum treatment and care, Richard works closely alongside his handpicked team of experienced healthcare professionals who are all specialists in sporting shoulder injuries.

If you have suffered a sporting shoulder injury and would like to arrange a consultancy with expert Shoulder Consultant, Richard Evans, please call 029 20759974 or email info@cardiffshoulderclinic.co.uk.

Working with the best

The Cardiff Shoulder Clinic works with a fantastic range of physiotherapists in South Wales - a few of them are shown below with links to their websites:

Andew Seary

Baseline Physiotherapy

Brian O'Leary

Chromeblue Physiotherapy

Cwmbran Physio Therapy Centre

Dan Jones

Dyfri Owen

DTR Clinic

Jackie Zaslona The Therapy Centre

Karen Fuller

Mark Brownless

Mark Bolwell

Penarth Physiotherapy

Recovery & Beyond

Therapy Works