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By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
May 07, 2020
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

If you are uncertain about what’s causing your shoulder pain and you find that it’s limiting your mobility and daily activities, you can consult with Dr. Roger Pollock's Bergen County-area office in Paramus, NJ, to find relief.

Why Do I Have Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain radiating from the joint itself typically worsens with movement or activities that involve the use of the shoulder or arm. However, a variety of conditions and diseases that impact your abdomen or chest regions could likewise cause shoulder pain. With this in mind, the most common shoulder pain causes include:

  • Broken arm or collarbone
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Avascular necrosis (tissue bone death due to restricted blood flow)
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Impingement
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sprains
  • Separated shoulder
  • Inflammatory joint diseases
  • Tendinitis
  • Torn cartilage
  • Ruptured tendon
  • Septic arthritis
  • Heart attack

At-Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain

For minor shoulder pain, you can try the following self-care practices to alleviate your symptoms:

  • Resting Your Shoulder: Refrain from using your shoulder in a manner that could worsen your pain.
  • Cold Therapy: Place an ice pack on the affected area no more than 20 minutes several times a day for relief.
  • OTC Pain Relievers: To ease pain, you can try OTC pain medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, or acetaminophen.

If these self-care measures don’t improve your symptoms after a day or two and/or if your shoulder pain comes with redness, warmth, swelling, or tenderness around the shoulder joint, consult your doctor in Bergen County, NJ.

When to Seek Emergency or Immediate Medical Help

Find someone to bring you to the emergency room or urgent care if the cause of your shoulder pain is an injury and it comes with sudden swelling, intense pain, a deformed joint, and/or if you can’t move your shoulder or arm.

Call for emergency help or 911 if you have shoulder pain and you have chest tightness or difficulty breathing since these could indicate a heart attack that requires medical help right away.

For Shoulder Pain Relief, We Can Help

Call (201) 612-9774 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Roger Pollock here in our Bergen County-area office.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
April 13, 2020
Tags: Labral Tear  

Know the warning signs of torn shoulder cartilage.

The shoulder is very delicate and prone to injury. Older adults, particularly, may find that their shoulders become more susceptible to pain and other problems that limit their activities. The shoulder contains a ball-and-socket joint, and the labrum is rubbery tissue or fibrocartilage that helps to support and hold the ball in place. When a labrum is torn it’s important that you recognize the warning signs so that you can see our Bergen County, NJ, orthopedic shoulder doctor, Dr. Roger Pollock, as quickly as possible.

What are the signs of a labral tear?

One of the most obvious signs is severe shoulder pain that is worse with activity or at night. Along with pain you may feel weakness and instability, as well as a limited range of motion. You may experience intensified pain or weakness when performing certain overhead movements. The shoulder joint may also grind, lock, or pop when in motion.

Traumatic injuries and overuse can both be to blame for a labral tear. If you perform repetitive shoulder movements, you may be at higher risk. A torn labrum may also occur from a direct blow to the shoulder, a bad fall, or a serious accident (e.g. car accident). Athletes are at an increased risk for developing labral tears because of the risk of traumatic injury as well as wear and tear from repetitive motions (e.g. baseball; tennis).

How is it diagnosed?

Along with a comprehensive physical examination performed by our Bergen County, NJ, shoulder doctor, we will also recommend imaging tests such as an MRI or CT scan to look at the extent of the damage. From there, we will be able to create your treatment plan.

What are my treatment options?

So, you have a labral tear…now what? Your treatment plan will be designed to address the severity of your tear. Rest is the most important thing anyone with a torn labrum can do. You may also take over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers to help ease any pain and discomfort you may feel. Physical therapy can also help to retrain and restrengthen the muscles of the shoulder.

One thing to keep in mind is that a labral tear often won’t fully heal on its own. If limited mobility isn’t a major concern for you then you may choose not to undergo surgery; however, athletes and those who lead active lifestyle often consider surgery to repair the labrum. Arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat a labral tear, as it requires a smaller incision than traditional surgery, which means a faster recovery time and a less visible scar. It can take anywhere from two to four months to make a full recovery after surgery.
 

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, stiffness or weakness it’s important that you have a doctor that you can turn to in Bergen County, NJ, for immediate care. Call our office today at (201) 612-9774 to schedule an appointment with our shoulder specialist, Dr. Pollock.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
February 20, 2020
Tags: Arthritis  

Dealing with arthritis in your shoulder? It’s time you got the answers you’re looking for.

Millions of Americans are living with arthritis, an inflammatory condition that affects one or more joints. Arthritis is progressive, meaning that without treatment and proper care it can lead not just to severe joint pain and stiffness but also permanent and serious joint damage and limited mobility. From the office of our Bergen County, NJ, shoulder doctor Dr. Roger Pollock, here are some of the most commonly asked questions about arthritis of the shoulder.

What types of arthritis affect the shoulder?

There are many different forms of arthritis, five of which can affect the joints of the shoulder. These five types include,

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Posttraumatic arthritis
  • Rotator cuff tear arthropathy
  • Avascular necrosis

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

The most common sign of arthritis is joint pain in the shoulder that may be exacerbated by certain movements. You may also experience joint tenderness, swelling and stiffness that can limit your physical activities and mobility.

How is arthritis diagnosed?

A simple physical examination and x-rays are all that’s typically needed for our Bergen County, NJ, orthopedic doctor to diagnose shoulder arthritis. Since there are many problems and conditions that have the same symptoms as arthritis it’s important that you seek a medical professional for a proper diagnosis.

How is shoulder arthritis treated?

The treatment plan that we create for you will depend on the severity and extent of your symptoms. Usually we will turn to the most conservative measures first including:

  • Limiting activities and avoiding exercises that could weaken the joints of the shoulder
  • Performing stretching and strengthening exercises to strengthen the muscles around the joint to improve joint and overall shoulder stability
  • Taking commercial anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
  • Treating more severe and unresponsive joint pain and swelling with steroid injections

Our orthopedic surgeon and his team can also determine whether or not you could benefit from surgery. Common surgical options include,

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Reverse shoulder replacement

Surgery is often necessary if there is extensive damage to the joint that affects how the shoulder functions as a whole. Our doctor can walk you through your different treatment options to help you find the best options to suit your health, needs, and lifestyle.

If you are looking for a doctor that specializes in orthopedic medicine and the treatment of shoulder arthritis then call our Bergen County, NJ, practice today at (201) 612-9774 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Pollock.

By Roger G Pollock, MD
December 23, 2019
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

While most of us experience muscle soreness or body aches at some point in our lives, whether from a tough workout or simply falling asleep awkwardly on the couch, sometimes, this pain can be persistent and even debilitating to your daily life. If you are experiencing intense pain in your shoulder that doesn't respond to rest or over-the-counter pain relievers, it might be time to visit Dr. Roger G. Pollock's office in Bergen County. An orthopaedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Pollock can help determine the cause of your shoulder pain, as well as the best course of action to have you back to feeling normal.

What are some causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain can stem from many issues. Most commonly, the source is arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, or a fracture. You may also develop shoulder pain from a nerve problem or possibly an infection. Athletes or individuals who frequently stress the shoulder muscle by lifting heavy objects are more susceptible to a pain-causing injury.

How will my doctor evaluate my shoulder pain?

At our Bergen County office, your doctor will run through your medical history, asking you about prior injuries or past pain in the same location. You will be asked to describe the pain (e.g. is it achy, sharp, constant, etc.) and your doctor may follow up with an X-ray, MRI, ultrasound, or CT scan to identify possible ligament, tendon, or joint problems.

How will my shoulder pain be treated?

Once your doctor has determined the cause of your shoulder pain, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan based on the severity and source of your pain. For more minor pain, your doctor may recommend rest, abstaining from strenuous activity and avoiding lifting heavy objects. Physical therapy, rehabilitation, or prescription medication may also be advised.

In the case of dislocation of the shoulder or tearing, surgery at our Bergen County office may be necessary.

Need relief? Give us a call

Don't let shoulder pain keep you from doing the activities you love. Make an appointment with Dr. Pollock's office in Paramus, NJ, today at (201) 612-9774.

By Roger G Pollock, MD
June 27, 2019
Tags: Rotator Cuff  

Rotator Cuff TearsRotator cuff tears are a common injury among Americans, especially those who regularly play sports or are involved in manual labor. With the potential to cause shoulder pain, muscle weakness, and restriction of basic movements, rotator cuff issues can be quite serious and should be handled by an expert such as your Bergen County shoulder doctor, Roger G. Pollock. Read on to learn Dr. Pollock can help heal your injury.

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

Your rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles and tendons that enable arm movement by keeping your shoulder joint stable. A tear to your rotator cuff can happen either over time (often due to strain from sports, labor, or repetitive arm motions) or from a single incident, such as lifting an overly heavy object or experiencing a rough fall. Whether the tear is partial or complete, your Bergen County doctor can help you properly treat and care for your injury.

Diagnosis:

Your doctor will first check your range of motion and arm strength, noting if and where pain occurs during the process. They may also take x-rays, ultrasounds or MRI's for a closer look at your tendons, muscles, and bones.

Treatment:

Depending on the extent of your rotator cuff tear, you may be able to treat your injury through physical therapy and medication. Exercises might include a cross over arm stretch, which entails extending the affected arm across your chest with the help of your uninjured arm. Other stretches that may help include moving the injured arm in small circles and back-and-forth, as well as using an elasticized band hooked on a doorknob or chair rung and performing a rowing motion. Anti-inflammatory drugs can help relieve your pain and swelling.

If the exercises don't result in improvement or if the injury is especially extensive, your Bergen County doctor may recommend surgery:

  • Open surgery requires your doctor to enter the shoulder muscle to repair the tear with a large instrument
  • Arthroscopic surgery uses an arthroscope (a device that contains a tiny camera and instruments) to enter a small incision in your shoulder for repair
  • The mini-open method is a combination of the two procedures

Recovery from surgery will likely take one to two months, during which time you will be required to wear a sling for support.

Need relief? Give us a call!

If you are suffering from a rotator cuff tear, contact Bergen County doctor Roger G. Pollock, M.D., at (201) 612-9774.





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