Institute of Sport, Exercise and Health (ISEH) consultant Ali Noorani specialises in shoulder, elbow and upper limb surgery. He qualified from the Imperial College School of Medicine (London) in the year 2000 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2009. Since then he has been awarded a number of prestigious fellowships, including the coveted Annual British Shoulder and Elbow Society Fellowship and the British Orthopaedic Association Fellowship. He used these fellowships to gain further valuable training in upper limb and trauma and sports surgery in the UK and USA.
As well as the ISEH he works at Barts Health NHS Trust, the UK’s biggest trauma centre, where he treats a large number of patients with sports injuries.
Mr Noorani is excited at the prospect of working at the ISEH this year. “It’s an opportunity to work with the best of the best”, he says. “The ISEH has top consultants and physios on site, and a very cohesive, multidisciplinary approach. As well as clinical staff you also get to work with top athletes and coaches.”
As a shoulder surgeon he sees people who have sustained injuries playing rugby, football and, on occasion, cricket. He has also worked with elite netball and basketball players, as well as cyclists and martial artists.
“There are certain conditions where new treatments have the opportunity to benefit patients, but have not necessarily been widely adopted”, Mr Noorani says. “For example frozen shoulder, leads to a painful stiff shouder, which can take six to 18 months to improve. Now it can be managed by a combination of targeted physiotherapy and keyhole day surgery, potentially returning a patient to normality in weeks. Similarly tennis elbow, which was in the past often managed by cortisone injections, can often respond better to platelet rich plasma and physiotherapy.”
He is looking forward to working with GPs, physiotherapists and other professionals via a series of multidisciplinary meetings (MDTs) and evening seminars, to share learning and spread good practice. “We’ve just started a bimonthly Upper Limb MDT group”, this would only be possible at the ISEH.”
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