An Oxford-based trauma and orthopaedic surgeon offering expert assessment and treatment for sports injuries affecting the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, including fractures, tendon and ligament problems, joint instability, dislocations and nerve compression syndromes.
Mr Chris Little is Consultant Hand and Upper Limb Surgeon at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and in the Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. He provides private treatment for sports-related upper limb injuries at the Nuffield Manor Hospital in Oxford.
A specialist in sports injuries of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder
A graduate of Bristol University, Mr Little holds degrees in medicine and physiology. He completed his orthopaedic and trauma surgery training in Oxford before undergoing subspecialist fellowship training in hand, wrist and elbow surgery in Birmingham.
Mr Little has extensive experience in treating upper limb injuries, working initially as a consultant in the Oxford Trauma Service and at the University Hospital in Coventry, and subsequently, since 2006, as a consultant in hand and upper limb surgery at the world-renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford. Skilled in all the latest arthroscopic (keyhole) and minimally invasive surgical techniques, he offers a high quality, patient-focused service for sportsmen and women with injuries to the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
Sports injuries treated by Mr Chris Little
Mr Little offers expert assessment and treatment for a comprehensive range of sports-related injuries to the upper limb, including:
- Tendon and ligament injuries
- Fractures of the humerus, clavicle and elbow
- Scaphoid fractures of the wrist
- Mallet finger
- Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
- Frozen shoulder
- Thrower's shoulder
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Joint instability and dislocation
- Locking and clicking in the joints
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) injuries
Expert treatment for Thrower's shoulder (internal impingement)
Thrower's shoulder, also known as internal impingement, is a condition that is predominantly seen in athletes where throwing or overarm movement is a major constituent of the sport, such as cricket, baseball, netball and tennis. When the arm is placed far back in the throwing position, the underside of the rotator cuff tendon that connects the head of the arm bone to the shoulder can become pinched against the ring of cartilage that deepens the socket of the shoulder joint (glenoid labrum). Over time, this pinching (impingement) can lead to damage to the rotator cuff tendon or to the labrum.
Symptoms of Thrower's shoulder usually include pain in the back side of the shoulder, which is aggravated when the arm is placed in the throwing position. Diagnosis can be difficult, and these types of injuries should always be assessed by a shoulder specialist such as Mr Little.
Once diagnosed non-surgical treatment options for Thrower's shoulder include rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injections and physical therapy. In cases that fail to respond to conservative therapy, Mr Little offers arthroscopic (keyhole) examination and repair of the damaged rotator cuff tendon or labrum.
Mallet finger treatment and surgery in Oxford
Mallet finger is a common sports injury caused when the end joint of the finger is forced to overbend, when catching a fast and hard ball, for example. The injury tears the tendon responsible for finger extension, resulting in a finger that is bent in towards the palm and cannot be straightened.
Mr Little offers expert assessment and treatment for mallet finger. Most cases will respond to conservative treatment with physiotherapy and finger splinting. Surgery is rarely required, but if a piece of bone has been pulled away with the tendon and fails to heal (mallet fracture), surgical fixation may be necessary.
Mr Chris Little is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers and private hospitals, including Nuffield Health
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