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South Wales Shoulder and Elbow Clinic, Shoulder Pain

Osteoarthritis is a gradual degeneration of the shoulder joint causing the smooth glossy surfaces of the joint to become worn away, resulting in rough and abrasive movement and swelling within the joint.

Impingement of the shoulder is very common and affects a wide variety of people. Impingement is not a diagnosis per se, but represents a syndrome of pain and dysfunction of the shoulder caused by the contents of the shoulder 'catching’ on the bones when the shoulder is moved.

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons (the structures which attach muscles to bone) which envelope the humeral head (Ball part of the joint), rather like an unbuttoned shirt cuff.

The shoulder is the most unstable ball and socket joint in the body and as a result relies heavily on its surrounding soft tissue structures to maintain stability.

The ACJ, otherwise known as the acromio-clavicular joint, is a small joint connecting the clavicle (collar bone) to the scapula (shoulder blade).

Tim Matthews BSc MD FRCS (Tr & Orth) is a Consultant Orthopedic and Trauma surgeon who specialises in treating injuries and chronic conditions of the shoulder and elbow.

Private Practices

Spire Cardiff Hospital

Croescadarn Road



CF23 8XL

Appointments: 02920 731112

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Spire Cowbridge Clinic

The Health Centre



CF71 7DA

Appointments: 02920 731112

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Impartial, Independent Expertise for Justice
Tim Matthews, The Elbow Club
Tim Matthews, member of the British Orthopaedic Association
Tim Matthews member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society
Tim Matthews, RCS Advanced Surgical Standards
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