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By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
February 05, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Shoulder pain can be the result of several factors, and if you're living with it, it can make everyday tasks a real struggle. The good news is that it's often a discomfort that can be managed at home, but for long-term relief, you can depend on your Bergen County, NJ, doctor to identify the source of your pain and apply the appropriate treatment. For more information about all the ways your shoulder pain can be treated get in contact with the office of doctor Dr. Roger Pollock.

Home Care

At-home treatment can vary depending on the cause of your discomfort, but rest is often an important first step, whatever the circumstance. It's important to modify your habits not only after you encounter pain but to keep it from recurring. Whether the source is improper posture while at work or other activities you perform, like sports.

To manage inflammation, swelling, and pain there are a few strategies you can try:

Over-the-counter pain relievers and topical medication can help with pain and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) with inflammation. Ice can be similarly useful in this regard if applied to the affected area for a short period of time throughout the day. If your muscles are tense or stiff then a heat pack may be more useful.

Treating Shoulder Pain in Bergen County, NJ

If at-home treatments don't prove effective, or if the problem recurs, or if it's affecting your everyday life, then it's a good idea to consult with a professional. Your doctor can help you determine the source of your shoulder pain with physical exams and imaging tests. After which, recovery can be tailored to your specific case through prescribed medication, physical therapy, or surgery if your condition is severe enough.

Don't live with discomfort any longer, find relief today. Make an appointment with Dr. Pollock in Bergen County, NJ, by dialing (201) 612-9774.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
December 28, 2020

Practically all shoulder dislocation cases are associated with some kind of trauma, whether from being twisted or pulled with excessive force in a backward, upward, or outward direction. In some instances, a dislocated shoulder could result from a forceful blow, falling on your outstretched arm, falling on the shoulder while having a seizure.

Occasionally, a shoulder could be dislocated due to seemingly harmless movements like rolling over while lying down or raising an arm. In these cases, the usual cause is having abnormally loose shoulder ligaments. No matter the cause, it’s vital to see your doctor here at Roger G Pollock, MD in Bergen County, NJ, Dr. Roger Pollock, for prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Do You Have a Dislocated Shoulder?

Shoulder dislocation symptoms typically include the following:

  • Limited shoulder movement
  • Severe shoulder pain
  • A distorted shoulder contour. With an anterior shoulder dislocation, the shoulder’s side portion has an irregular squared-off look rather than a typical rounded, sloping contour. With a posterior shoulder dislocation, the shoulder’s front silhouette might appear irregularly flat.
  • Abrasions or bruising with impact shoulder injuries.
  • A hard knob underneath the shoulder’s skin, which is actually the humerus’ top portion that has been popped out of the socket.

Consult your doctor in Bergen County, NJ, right away if you can’t move your shoulder following a traumatic injury or fall, or if you’re experiencing the symptoms mentioned above.

How is a Shoulder Dislocation Treated?

When your arm bone has been popped out of the socket, it will stay connected to the upper chest and shoulder blade’s muscles. If these particular muscles are still in spasm, your doctor will have to relax them before he can put your arm bone back to its proper place. You may likewise be given pain medications to alleviate your pain and further relax the affected shoulder’s muscles.

Your doctor will carefully pull against these muscles to gently force your dislocated shoulder joint into place. This procedure is called a closed reduction. You’ll then need to wear a sling for a week or so, depending on the severity of your condition. Additionally, you’ll need to follow certain physical therapy exercises to restore your shoulder joint’s normal range of motion and strength.

If your shoulder still feels unstable and loose after physical therapy or still has severe pain, you might require surgery for repairing the supporting tissues of your shoulder joint.

Call Us For Any Concerns or Questions About Shoulder Dislocation

Schedule a meeting with your doctor here at Roger G Pollock, MD in Bergen County, NJ, Dr. Roger Pollock, by calling (201) 612-9774.

By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
September 21, 2020
Tags: Shoulder Arthritis  

Turn to an orthopedic specialist to get your painful shoulder arthritis symptoms under control.
 

Are you noticing a clicking or grinding sound in your shoulders during an activity? Are you experiencing shoulder pain and stiffness regularly? If you find yourself saying “yes” and your pain doesn’t seem to be getting any better, it’s possible that you could be dealing with shoulder arthritis. If you suspect that your shoulder pain, swelling and joint stiffness could be due to arthritis, then it’s time to see our Bergen County, NJ, orthopedic shoulder doctor Dr. Roger Pollock for a proper evaluation.
 

What are the different kinds of shoulder arthritis?

The shoulder is made up of two joints, with arthritis most often affecting the ball-and-socket joint known as the glenohumeral joint. Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the two most common types of arthritis to affect the shoulder. If there is arthritis present within the second joint or the AC joint, this is known as AC joint arthritis. Regardless of the type, arthritis can cause permanent damage to the cartilage within the shoulder joint, leading to limited mobility and range of motion, as well as pain, stiffness and swelling.
 

How is shoulder arthritis treated?

The treatment plan that our orthopedic doctor will create for you will depend on the severity of your arthritis. Of course, regardless of the severity, the goals of shoulder arthritis treatment are always to minimize discomfort while also slowing the progression of joint damage. Most patients won’t require surgery in order to treat their shoulder arthritis. Everyone can benefit from stretching several times a day to help loosen stiff joints in the shoulders. Your doctor can show you a variety of exercises that you can do that can help alleviate pain and stiffness.
 

Other treatment options include,

  • Lifestyle changes: This involves changing up your current workout routine to avoid exercises that may aggravate your symptoms
  • Pain management: This can involve everything from ice and heat therapy to pain medications and steroid injections
  • Arthroscopic surgery: If your arthritis has caused significant damage to the joints surgery may be required to repair or replace the damaged shoulder joint
     

If shoulder pain is happening regularly it’s important that you find out what’s going on and to have a doctor here in Bergen County, NJ, that you can turn to for answers and care. If you want to discuss your shoulder arthritis treatment options with an orthopedic specialist please call our office today at (201) 612-9774.

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.





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