Performed by expert surgeons at Ashton Gate, Bristol


Any shoulder pain and knee problems can make you feel frustrated as it interferes with daily life.

Our team of medical professionals working at the Stadium Clinic are on hand to help you through your shoulder pain diagnosis and treatment journey, so request an appointment today.


If you feel any of the following kinds of shoulder pain, you can reach out to one of our specialists, who can help you find the right diagnosis and treatment.

Pain and stiffness in the shoulder

Shoulder instability

Sudden pain in the shoulder

Pain on top of your shoulder


Many different conditions can cause shoulder pain, and we’ve listed the most common ones below.

Frozen shoulder

A condition where your shoulder becomes very stiff and difficult to move for between 1.5 - 3 years.


Tendons connect your shoulder joint’s muscles to its bones. Tendonitis is when a tendon swells (becomes inflamed) after a tendon injury, such as a tendon tear. It can cause joint pain, stiffness, and affect how a tendon moves.

Shoulder osteoarthritis

With osteoarthritis, the protecting cartilage on the ends of your bones wears away, resulting in long term discomfort, swelling, and difficulty moving the joint. In addition, bony growths can develop, and the affected area can become red and swollen. The condition is usually caused by an injury, being overweight, age or general wear and tear.


Shoulder impingement occurs when a tendon (band of tissue) inside your shoulder rubs or snags on adjacent tissue and bone while you lift your arm. An impinging shoulder will usually improve in a few weeks or months, especially with the appropriate type of shoulder exercises, although it can occasionally be a long-term issue.

Rheumatoid arthritis

A chronic inflammatory condition that can affect many parts of your body, including the joints, skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.  Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that arises when your immune system erroneously targets your own body's tissues.

Unlike osteoarthritis, which causes wear and tear on your joints, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, creating severe swelling that can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity.


Joint hypermobility syndrome occurs when your joints are overly flexible and cause you pain (you may think of yourself as being double-jointed). It mainly affects children and young people and often improves with age.


Bursitis happens when the fluid-filled sacs (bursa) that cushion your joints become inflamed.

Dislocated shoulder

When your upper arm pops out of your shoulder socket, you have a dislocated shoulder. Unfortunately, the shoulder is one of the easiest joints to dislocate because the ball joint of your upper arm rests in a fairly shallow socket. This makes the arm incredibly mobile and able to move in various directions, but it also makes it unstable, therefore it’s one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.
In some circumstances, the tissues surrounding the shoulder joint may be overstretched or damaged. A dislocated shoulder takes between 12 and 16 weeks to heal after the shoulder has been put back into place.


If you are suffering from shoulder pain and suspect any of the above causes, then seek a proper diagnosis from a medical professional as quickly as possible. Many causes of shoulder pain will continue to worsen without the correct treatment. 


Request an appointment online at a time and date to suit you.


A  member of the Stadium Clinic team will call to confirm your appointment.


Visit the Stadium Clinic in Ashton Gate, Bristol  on the day of your appointment and talk to a medical professional about your shoulder pain.

Living with shoulder pain is life, interrupted

Request an appointment at the Stadium Clinic to get life back on track.

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“The Stadium Clinic is a great venue, it is clean, the staff are very friendly and there is a great view of the Pitch. I saw Dr Clark for a consultation on my knee, he was very approachable and explained everything clearly. Thanks to Dr Clark's quick suggestion I had my treatment very quickly and able to get back running.” 



—  Sylvia Chan, Patient


We offer the best shoulder treatments for your needs at the Stadium Clinic. Surgeons can treat knee pain caused by arthritis and injuries. The main treatments on offer from surgeons at The Stadium Clinic are: 

Steroid injections

Also called corticosteroid injections, these are a kind of anti-inflammatory injection that are designed to relieve inflammation in your shoulder joint for a range of conditions, including injury and arthritis.

Shoulder arthroscopy (Keyhole surgery)

A minimally invasive procedure that allows the surgeon to see inside your shoulder joint. It is performed through two tiny holes on either side of your shoulder. One of the holes is used to insert surgical tools into your shoulder joint, and the other is for the arthroscope, which is a tiny flexible tube with a light and camera that projects an image onto a television display so that the surgeon can see a clear image of the inside of your joint.

Shoulder decompressions

A kind of shoulder surgery is used to address a problem known as shoulder impingement, which causes pain when you lift your arm. It is usually accomplished by keyhole surgery (arthroscopy). 

Shoulder stabilisations

A type of surgery performed to restore shoulder joint stability and function and to prevent recurrent dislocations. 

Shoulder Replacement

A type of shoulder surgery that replaces your entire shoulder joint with an artificial one made from a mixture of hypoallergenic metal and plastics. You may need a total shoulder replacement if you have a traumatic injury to the shoulder or during late-stage osteoarthritis where your shoulder is severely worn.

Painkillers to relieve pain

Your surgeon may prescribe pain medications suitable to your condition to help make your shoulder pain more manageable.

Physical therapy

A type of treatment that is beneficial for many shoulder injuries and conditions. Your surgeon manipulates your muscles, tendons, and tissue to ease pressure on your shoulders as your muscles soften and relax.

Putting ice and heat packs on the shoulder

A treatment that uses heat or cold to reduce inflammation, swelling, pain and redness around your affected shoulder joint to make you more comfortable.


At the Stadium Clinic, we aim to offer first-class treatments and information for patients with all forms of joint and muscle injuries and conditions, bone diseases, connective tissues diseases and rheumatic diseases.

Through the clinic, patients have easy access to many of the UK’s leading orthopaedic and musculoskeletal specialists, including:

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Damian trained at King’s College London, University of Swansea, the University of Calgary and the University of Bristol and specialises in knee surgery such as ACL reconstruction, kneecap (patella) surgery, meniscal surgery and joint replacements for arthritic knees.

Richard Baker

Richard trained as an orthopaedic consultant in Bristol and Vancouver and specialises in hip and knee replacements and revisions. He offers treatments across the South West between the Stadium Clinic, North Bristol NHS Trust at Southmead Hospital, the Bristol Spire Hospital and the Bristol Chesterfield Hospital.

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Iain trained at Nottingham University and London and specialises in key-hole treatment of shoulder injuries and complex shoulder reconstruction and replacement. He works in the Avon Orthopaedic Centre and the University Hospitals Bristol Major Trauma Centre in the Bristol Royal Infirmary.