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By Roger G Pollock, MD
December 23, 2019
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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.

By Roger G Pollock, MD
November 26, 2018

Shoulder PainShoulder pain can make it difficult to comfortably perform routine daily activities, such as reaching for items in kitchen cabinets or carrying a messenger bag to and from work daily. Many people experience acute shoulder pain at one time or another that usually subsides with rest and self-care. However, individuals struggling with chronic or severe shoulder pain should see a shoulder specialist for diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Roger Pollock is your shoulder doctor in Bergen County, NJ.

Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors or conditions, such as an injury. Common causes of shoulder pain include:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocation
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis

Tendinitis involves swelling of the tendons in the shoulder, while bursitis involves swelling of a bursa. Tendons are flexible tissues connecting the muscles in the shoulder to the bones. A bursa provides cushioning between muscles and bones. When a tendon or bursa in the shoulder area becomes strained, inflamed, or aggravated, shoulder pain can develop. These can both become inflamed or aggravated due to injury, arthritis, or repetitive motions that put additional strain on the shoulder joint.

Treatments for Shoulder Pain

Several methods and approaches are available for treating shoulder pain. Your shoulder doctor in Bergen County, NJ, Dr. Pollock can recommend the right combination of treatment methods based on the cause of your shoulder pain. Treatments for shoulder pain include:

  • Resting the shoulder
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Pain relief medications
  • Shoulder surgery

You do not have to struggle with shoulder pain indefinitely. There are treatment options that can help. For treatment of your shoulder pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pollock, your Bergen County, NJ, shoulder doctor, by calling his office at (201) 612-9774.