When to See Your Shoulder Doctor
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.

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