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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
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.