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Andrew Grant Cobb

Orthopedist

Dr. Andrew Cobb is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Epsom, Surrey. Dr. Cobb specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Cobb tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
Andrew Grant Cobb
  • Epsom, Surrey
  • Middlesex Hospital
  • Accepting new patients

What is the best way to manage osteoarthritis?

Exercise, a little and often, to build up the strength and keep everything moving, supplemented with cod liver oil capsules and the occasional mild painkiller if required.

How are shin splints treated in children?

yes. rest and painkillers and a gradual return to exercise

Shoulder imbalances

Do some exercises in a gym to strengthen the muscles in both shoulders. Some asymmetry between the two sides is normal.

What is the cause of loss of bone density?

Everybody loses bone density as they get older, women faster than men. A healthy diet and lifestyle help to slow down the process.

Left shoulder wider than right shoulder. What are the possible reasons?

I think you will need an urgent orthopaedic review, including an X-ray to find out why you have a bump in the clavicle

What is the best course of treatment for femur fracture?

Exercise to rebuild the muscles and physiotherapy to regain range of movement of hip and knee.

Does a fracture take longer to heal when you have diabetes?

No. Fracture healing is unaffected by diabetes

How long does a ball socket surgery take to heal?

No, she should be pain free by now. Better have it checked out.

My right ankle seems to be swollen but there is no pain. Should I try ice therapy to reduce the swelling?

Ice would help, and an elasticated stocking. Put your foot up when you are not walking, but walking is encouraged and helps to reduce swelling.

Does cracking my knuckles weaken my bones?

No, cracking knuckles is simply crating vapor bubbles in the joint. It would not harm the bones.

What is the effect of mobile phones on the hands?

I don't think there would be any effect. The amplitude of the movements involved is tiny.

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I have osteoporosis and a spine fracture. How long will it take for me to be fully cured?

It usually takes 6 weeks for the pain to settle, but maybe a little longer to get back to normal. You should also see your doctor about measuring your bone quality with a DEXA READ MORE
It usually takes 6 weeks for the pain to settle, but maybe a little longer to get back to normal. You should also see your doctor about measuring your bone quality with a DEXA scan.

Joint pain

I think you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon to find out why your joint are hurting.
Andrew

What is the course of treatment for a slip disc?

The best plan is to potter about and continue with normal daily activities avoiding heavy lifting or twisting the spine, and most slipped discs will settle without any other treatment READ MORE
The best plan is to potter about and continue with normal daily activities avoiding heavy lifting or twisting the spine, and most slipped discs will settle without any other treatment in about 3 months
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Does a heel bone fracture require a surgery?

It depends whether the fracture is displaced or undisplayed.
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My baby had a fracture when he was 2 months old. Will it heal?

Babies' bones heal very quickly and also have the capacity to remodel (grow back towards a normal shape). Usually, the fracture in this age group will be incomplete and therefore READ MORE
Babies' bones heal very quickly and also have the capacity to remodel (grow back towards a normal shape). Usually, the fracture in this age group will be incomplete and therefore the alignment will be maintained, so that it should be symptom free within a few weeks. There should be no long-term abnormalities.

Will I be able to swim again after ankle replacement?

There is no reason why you would not be allowed to swim, but the range of movement after ankle replacement would not be as full as normal and so it would be difficult to point READ MORE
There is no reason why you would not be allowed to swim, but the range of movement after ankle replacement would not be as full as normal and so it would be difficult to point your toes as normal when swimming.=20
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Stabbing knee pain when lying down sleeping

It sounds like you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon. There are various things that need to be ruled out and it may involve having an MRI scan, but without knowing exactly where READ MORE
It sounds like you need to see an orthopaedic surgeon. There are various things that need to be ruled out and it may involve having an MRI scan, but without knowing exactly where the pain is and signs on examination it is not possible to go further with a diagnosis on line.

ACL repair

It is true that if you are prepared to modify your lifestyle and avoid sports which cause a twisting strain to the knee, you may have enough stability in the knee to allow normal READ MORE
It is true that if you are prepared to modify your lifestyle and avoid sports which cause a twisting strain to the knee, you may have enough stability in the knee to allow normal daily activities without needing to have the ACL reconstructed.