Following the previous newsletter, Simon took part in a 5 day charity bike ride in aid of The European Nature Trust. He was cycling through the Carpathian Mountains in Romania with 14 other supporters of the charity. The bike ride helps increase awareness for the organization’s aim which is to help preserve an 8,000 year old forest in the Transylvanian mountains which represents half of the remaining one percent of the original forest which covered Europe over a thousand years ago.
Although a tough challenge and despite the treacherous weather conditions, Simon and his colleagues really enjoyed the experience, in particular the enchanting undamaged and magnificent landscape of Transylvania. In Simon’s words: “The opportunity to cycle through the forest mountainside and picturesque villages and experience the wild nature of Romania, taste their beautiful food with 14 other cyclists from across the world who also support this charity was a brilliant and invigorating experience and all for this great cause.”
If you would like to challenge yourself for this worthy cause and participate in a Wild Transylvania Bike Ride in 2017, please feel free to donate to help The European Nature Trust meet its financial challenges. Click below to find out more information or donate to the charity.
In the most recent edition of South Africa’s premium magazine, Private Edition, Simon highlights how we are moving closer to discovering the impact that stem cell innovation through trials that are taking place at a global level. “These trials are starting to show some good results” concludes Simon.
Research is showing that even later in life, stem cells are able to regenerate tissues that are affected by age or injury. Simon and his colleagues in London are currently using bone marrow derived stem cells to try and heal cartilage damage and augment their surgery. For more information please click on the link directly to the article in “Private Edition”
Simon is making waves across the continent bringing visionary expertise to medicine as outlined in South Africa’s lifestyle SLOW magazine. Mr Moyes’ early introduction to medicine was working alongside Sir Rodney Sweetnam, the Queen’s Orthopaedic surgeon. Mr Moyes says, “I knew I always wanted to be a surgeon as a medical student as I found everything else pretty boring and, having had an introduction to Orthopaedic surgery by Sir Rodney and his team, this is what kicked off everything for me”, he explains.
Mr Moyes was introduced to the wonders of arthroscopy by a man called David Dandy of Addenbrooks. “He was one of the pioneers of knee arthroscopic surgery. I then became an Orthopaedic registrar at the Westminster Hospital under Paul Aichroth, who was also a great international leader in arthroscopic knee surgery,” says Simon.
Moyes continued to develop his training in arthroscopy and is hailed as one of the early adopters in the UK to offer the technique to his own patients. To read more about Simon’s training and journey, please follow the link to the article.
Shoulder pain is extremely common and becomes increasingly so for people past the age of 40 with approximately 70% of respondents reporting particularly night shoulder pain and needing to attend their GP for appropriate referral.
Amongst this age group, the most common cause of shoulder pain is what is loosely known as rotator cuff syndrome, this is an umbrella term for a range of conditions. It includes osteoarthritis of the acromioclavicular joint, which is where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade. It also includes subacromial impingement which is where the bony tip of the shoulder rubs on the underlying tendons. These two problems can cause attrition and tearing of the underlying tendons. These problems combine to produce pain and weakness in the shoulder girdle.
Another condition which is very common is one called frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis. This becomes increasingly common in the over 50s and is usually easily diagnosed in a clinical setting but normally confirmed with an MRI scan.
Fortunately these two groups of conditions, whilst common, are usually easy to diagnose and treat with 80% of patients responding to injection therapy. The patients with rotator cuff syndrome need injections into their subacromial joint and acromioclavicular joint respectively. Those with frozen shoulder need a larger volume hyrdodilation injection. For more information please click on the link below.
Mr Simon Moyes is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in arthroscopic surgery for knee, shoulder, foot and ankle problems, with a focus on sports medicine. Simon consults from The Wellington Hospital, 31 Old Broad Street and Highgate Private Hospital. He is also a keen sports enthusiast enjoying activities such as cycling, yoga and running whilst supporting charities focussing on the preservation of nature and wildlife.
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