The unit's work includes basic scientific and clinical studies, as well as the development and introduction of new techniques in both arthroscopic and open surgery.
We have introduced the concept of 'One-stop clinic' for diagnosis and treatment of shoulder problems by performing Ultrasound scan of the shoulder at the time of first consultation, saving the patient time and discomfort and initiating treatment without delay.
In fact, the Unit was responsible for developing "The Copeland Shoulder", a cementless resurfacing shoulder replacement technique now used worldwide.
The development of the 'Verso shoulder system', a cementless bone preserving reversed geometry shoulder replacement.
Development of arthroscopic techniques and instruments, and It has also pioneered the use of thermal shrinkage for arthroscopic stabilisation, following extensive research.
There is regular collaborative research between the Reading Shoulder Unit, Reading University, Brunel university, Manchester university and Imperial College, London.
The Unit has produced standardised rehabilitation protocols in conjunction with specialist shoulder physiotherapists at the Reading Hospitals. These protocols are currently being adopted by other hospitals and physiotherapists in the area.