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By ROGER G POLLOCK, MD
November 18, 2021
Tags: Shoulder Pain  

Find out the common causes of shoulder pain and when to see a specialist.

Our shoulders are surprisingly delicate, mostly because they are the most mobile joint in the body. While this means that shoulders have a very large range of motion it also places the shoulder at an increased risk for injury. If you are dealing with shoulder pain, you may be wondering whether it’s time to turn to our Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Roger Pollock, for care.

What causes shoulder pain?

The rotator cuff tendon is often to blame for shoulder pain. Tendinitis or bursitis of the rotator cuff is common; however, these aren’t the only causes for shoulder pain. Other causes include:

  • Shoulder separation
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Dislocation
  • Broken bone
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Overuse injuries
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Poor posture

When should I seek medical attention for my shoulder pain?

Here at our Paramus, NJ, practice, we take shoulder pain seriously, especially if this is something that you’ve been dealing with for a while. It’s important that you don’t ignore your shoulder pain, as problems can often get worse if left untreated. While shoulder pain along with chest pain and difficulty breathing could signal a heart attack, which requires immediate medical attention, you should turn to our shoulder specialist for an immediate evaluation if:

  • You have persistent swelling and pain
  • You notice heat, redness, or tenderness around a joint
  • Your symptoms persist for weeks despite rest and home care
  • You also develop a fever along with shoulder pain
  • You have limited range of motion or mobility
  • You experience weakness, numbness, or tingling in the shoulder

If you are unable to move the shoulder or you notice a sudden deformity it’s important that you call us immediately.

How is shoulder pain treated?

Our shoulder specialist Dr. Pollock will create a treatment plan based on your symptoms and their cause. Sometimes simple lifestyle changes and home care is all that’s needed for minor issues such as overuse injuries or poor posture. These measures include:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Improving ergonomics at the office or your workspace to improve posture
  • Performing exercises to retrain and strengthen the muscles
  • Icing the shoulder 2-3 times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time
  • Resting the shoulder as much as possible
  • Avoiding physical activities or heavy lifting

If your shoulder pain is due to a more severe condition or injury, our specialist will discuss other ways to treat your shoulder pain and other symptoms. These other treatment options may include:

  • Physical therapy and rehab
  • Therapeutic exercises to improve mobility and circulation
  • Steroid injections
  • Immobilization
  • Surgery

If you are dealing with shoulder pain and would like answers regarding your treatment options, our Bergen County and Paramus, NJ, orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Pollock, is here to answer your questions and provide you with the individualized care you’re looking for. To schedule an appointment, call (201) 612-9774 today.

If you have shoulder pain, arthritis, or fractures of the shoulder, you can trust Dr. Roger Pollock, your orthopaedic surgeon in Paramus, NJ, for proper treatment and care.

What Is an Orthopaedic Surgeon?

Orthopaedic surgeons are specialists who diagnose and treat disorders affecting your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Dr. Pollock has received fellowship training in shoulder surgery and has extensive experience  to provide high quality surgical and non-surgical treatment for disorders of the shoulder in patients ranging from adolescents to seniors.

When you go to see Dr. Pollock in Paramus, NJ, he'll begin by evaluating your condition. A thorough history, physical exam and x-rays can help identify the cause of your discomfort and develop your treatment plan.

When to See an Orthopaedic Surgeon

Shoulder pain or dysfunction are signs that you should see Dr. Pollock. If you have pain that makes even the simplest tasks such as reaching for something on the top shelf impossible, you should schedule your next appointment. Other conditions that warrant a visit to your orthopaedic surgeon include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Sports injury to the shoulder
  • Fracture of the shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tendinitis or tears
  • Shoulder dislocations
  • Labral tears

How Your Orthopaedic Surgeon Can Help You

After diagnosing your condition, he will develop a treatment plan beginning with conservative therapies. Sometimes, a simple change in posture can improve your condition. Therapies that your orthopaedic surgeon can use to treat your musculoskeletal problems include:

  • Medication- Your doctor might prescribe medication to relieve your pain and inflammation. Muscle relaxers might also help improve your condition.
  • Physical Therapy- If you're having trouble using your shoulder, we can improve mobility through physical therapy.
  • Exercise- An exercise routine helps promote recovery and prevent re-injury.
  • Surgery- When your condition fails to improve with conservative therapies, you may need surgery.

If you're having trouble moving your shoulder or you experience joint pain and inflammation, call (201) 612-9774 today to book an appointment. Dr. Pollock, your orthopaedic surgeon in Paramus, NJ, can help.

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
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
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.