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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.