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By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
January 06, 2022
Category: General
Tags: Shoulder Doctor  

Has shoulder pain begun to interfere with your life? Dr. Roger Pollock, your Paramus, NJ, shoulder doctor, treats a variety of shoulder conditions and can help you manage pain and other symptoms.

Should I see an orthopedic shoulder specialist?

Get in touch with your shoulder doctor if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Your shoulder looks deformed after an injury
  • You can't use your shoulder or have difficulty moving it
  • You have severe pain
  • You've been dealing with mild to moderate shoulder pain for more than two weeks
  • Your shoulder is red, warm, or swollen

What causes shoulder pain and mobility issues?

Shoulder pain can be caused by:

  • Rotator Cuff Tears: The rotator cuff is the collection of muscles and tendons surrounding the ball-and-socket shoulder joint. The rotator cuff holds the ball portion of the upper arm bone in the joint and makes it possible to lift your arms. A fall, injury, or repetitive arm movements can cause a tear in the tendons that connect muscles to bones in the joint. You're more likely to experience this type of injury as you get older, as tendons stiffen and degenerate as part of the aging process. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include shoulder weakness, difficulty lifting objects or raising your arms, and a popping sound when you move the joint.
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Bursitis: Inflammation of any of the tendons or bursae in the shoulder joint can also cause pain, particularly at night, or make it difficult to move your shoulder in certain ways. Although an injury can cause shoulder tendonitis or bursitis, the conditions are common in people who frequently raise their arms over their heads, such as electricians, mechanics, and tennis and baseball players.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis might be the source of your shoulder pain and stiffness. Both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can affect the shoulder joints. People who have had rotator cuff tears in the past are at increased risk of developing arthritis.
  • Fractures: A car accident or fall could fracture the bones in your shoulder joint. If you break your shoulder, you may notice that the joint is swollen, painful, and deformed. Fractures may make it difficult to move your shoulder.

During your visit to the Paramus, NJ, office, your shoulder doctor will diagnose the source of your shoulder issues and recommend treatments that will relieve pain, reduce stiffness and improve mobility.

Do you need to see the shoulder doctor in Paramus, NJ? Call (201) 612-9774 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pollock.

Dr. Roger Pollock, your shoulder specialist in Paramus, NJ, is here to help you rehabilitate if you've dislocated a shoulder. We can help prevent, diagnose, and treat any shoulder condition. Keep reading about the shoulder joint, and come see us after any shoulder dislocation in Paramus, NJ.

Shoulder dislocation

Your shoulder joint is a ball-in-socket mechanism that allows for the maximum mobility of your arms. Because of all this mobility, it is the most likely joint to become dislocated. Shoulder dislocation occurs when the ball at the top of your arm bone leaves the shoulder socket. A dislocated shoulder is typically caused by a fall or a blow to the shoulder and can be a common sports injury.

What to expect

A dislocated shoulder can be extremely painful and that will, unfortunately, be your first sign of trouble. Other than extreme pain, you may experience:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Muscle spasms
  • Numbness or tingling down the arm
  • Difficulty moving the arm
  • Shoulder visibly out of place

If you think you've dislocated your shoulder, the best thing you can do is try not to panic and call your doctor. Keep the arm close to your body and try not to move it. You can apply an ice pack or take anti-inflammatory medication for the pain on your way to the doctor or emergency room.

The doctor may perform a test or x-ray to confirm the shoulder is dislocated, and if muscle spams have started you may need muscle relaxers or sedation. When the muscles are relaxed the doctor can manipulate the bone back into place. You should feel the extreme pain subside almost immediately when the shoulder is back in its socket.

Rehabilitation

Once your shoulder is back in place, you still need to rehabilitate your injury. This typically includes wearing a sling for a period after the dislocation. While you heal your doctor may recommend using anti-inflammatory medications and icing the shoulder for any pain. You should do light exercises as you're healing to prevent the shoulder from getting tight. Once you have healed enough to be out of the sling, you'll begin a physical therapy regimen including specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles in the area to promote healing and prevent future dislocation.

When instability (dislocations or subluxations) becomes recurrent, surgical repair is often recommended to prevent further episodes and to restore normal function, including high-demand overhead sports activities.

Your shoulder specialist for a shoulder dislocation in Paramus, NJ, is Dr. Pollock. If you've dislocated your shoulder, contact us for an appointment at (201) 612-9774.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
November 18, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Find out the common causes of shoulder pain and when to see a specialist.

Our shoulders are surprisingly delicate, mostly because they are the most mobile joint in the body. While this means that shoulders have a very large range of motion it also places the shoulder at an increased risk for injury. If you are dealing with shoulder pain, you may be wondering whether it’s time to turn to our Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Roger Pollock, for care.

What causes shoulder pain?

The rotator cuff tendon is often to blame for shoulder pain. Tendinitis or bursitis of the rotator cuff is common; however, these aren’t the only causes for shoulder pain. Other causes include:

  • Shoulder separation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Broken bone
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Poor posture

When should I seek medical attention for my shoulder pain?

Here at our Paramus, NJ, practice, we take shoulder pain seriously, especially if this is something that you’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s important that you don’t ignore your shoulder pain, as problems can often get worse if left untreated. While shoulder pain along with chest pain and difficulty breathing could signal a heart attack, which requires immediate medical attention, you should turn to our shoulder specialist for an immediate evaluation if:

  • You have persistent swelling and pain
  • You notice heat, redness, or tenderness around a joint
  • Your symptoms persist for weeks despite rest and home care
  • You also develop a fever along with shoulder pain
  • You have limited range of motion or mobility
  • You experience weakness, numbness, or tingling in the shoulder

If you are unable to move the shoulder or you notice a sudden deformity it’s important that you call us immediately.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Our shoulder specialist Dr. Pollock will create a treatment plan based on your symptoms and their cause. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes and home care is all that’s needed for minor issues such as overuse injuries or poor posture. These measures include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Improving ergonomics at the office or your workspace to improve posture
  • Performing exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles
  • Icing the shoulder 2-3 times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Resting the shoulder as much as possible
  • Avoiding physical activities or heavy lifting

If your shoulder pain is due to a more severe condition or injury, our specialist will discuss other ways to treat your shoulder pain and other symptoms. These other treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve mobility and circulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Immobilization
  • Surgery

If you are dealing with shoulder pain and would like answers regarding your treatment options, our Bergen County and Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Pollock, is here to answer your questions and provide you with the individualized care you’re looking for. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 612-9774 today.

If you have shoulder pain, arthritis, or fractures of the shoulder, you can trust Dr. Roger Pollock, your orthopaedic surgeon in Paramus, NJ, for proper treatment and care.

What Is an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

Orthopaedic surgeons are specialists who diagnose and treat disorders affecting your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Dr. Pollock has received fellowship training in shoulder surgery and has extensive experience  to provide high quality surgical and non-surgical treatment for disorders of the shoulder in patients ranging from adolescents to seniors.

When you go to see Dr. Pollock in Paramus, NJ, he'll begin by evaluating your condition. A thorough history, physical exam and x-rays can help identify the cause of your discomfort and develop your treatment plan.

When to See an Orthopaedic Surgeon

Shoulder pain or dysfunction are signs that you should see Dr. Pollock. If you have pain that makes even the simplest tasks such as reaching for something on the top shelf impossible, you should schedule your next appointment. Other conditions that warrant a visit to your orthopaedic surgeon include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Sports injury to the shoulder
  • Fracture of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis or tears
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Labral tears

How Your Orthopaedic Surgeon Can Help You

After diagnosing your condition, he will develop a treatment plan beginning with conservative therapies. Sometimes, a simple change in posture can improve your condition. Therapies that your orthopaedic surgeon can use to treat your musculoskeletal problems include:

  • Medication- Your doctor might prescribe medication to relieve your pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxers might also help improve your condition.
  • Physical Therapy- If you're having trouble using your shoulder, we can improve mobility through physical therapy.
  • Exercise- An exercise routine helps promote recovery and prevent re-injury.
  • Surgery- When your condition fails to improve with conservative therapies, you may need surgery.

If you're having trouble moving your shoulder or you experience joint pain and inflammation, call (201) 612-9774 today to book an appointment. Dr. Pollock, your orthopaedic surgeon in Paramus, NJ, can help.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
June 10, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Arthritis  
Arthritis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation, stiffness, and joint pain. If you notice that you’ve consistently been dealing with these symptoms, you may be dealing with shoulder arthritis. Roger Pollock M.D. in Bergen County, NJ, can help you develop a treatment plan to help reduce some of the pain you may be experiencing from shoulder arthritis.
 
Treating Shoulder Arthritis
Shoulder arthritis is a degenerative disease of the cartilage of the glenohumeral joint. Arthritis causes soreness, swelling, and reduced flexibility and range of motion. To determine if shoulder arthritis is what’s bothering you, your doctor in Bergen County, NJ, will examine the shoulder and take an x-ray to detect any cartilage wear, bone spurs, or any other problems that may be bothering you.
 
Arthritis doesn’t have a cure, but your symptoms can be managed with a treatment plan from your doctor. An important part of helping reduce any pain you may feel is to be sure that your shoulder receives an ample amount of rest and to alter certain activities so that you don’t exacerbate your arthritis. Your doctor may also prescribe a series of exercises that are designed to help strengthen your shoulder, as well as promote flexibility and an increase in the range of motion. Your doctor may also recommend certain medications to help with pain, as well as applying ice or heat to your shoulder to help reduce inflammation of your arthritis. Prosthetic Shoulder Replacement has proven to be an effective means of reducing or eliminating pain and restoring function in patients with advanced shoulder arthritis.
 
Contact Your Shoulder Specialist Today!
Although shoulder arthritis can’t be cured, you can develop a treatment plan to help relieve the symptoms that you may experience from arthritis. Be sure to contact Dr. Roger Pollock in Bergen County, NJ, as soon as possible to ask any questions you may have about shoulder arthritis and how you can feel comfortable in your daily life! Call today at (201) 612-9774.




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