By Frank Alberta

The Foot Bone Is Connected to the…

When knee and hip pain arrive, the shoes might be to blame. Foot problems are often the accomplice that causes knee and hip issues, especially for runners. A study last year, entitled “The Effect of Running Shoes on Lower Extremity Joint Torques,” found modern running shoes were more damaging to a runner’s knees, hips and ankles than running barefoot – or even walking in high heels! Think of your feet as the foundation of a house. If the foundation is… [more]

By Frank Alberta

PRP Helps Throwing Athletes with Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tears

Interesting news for the use of Platelet Rich Plasma, a new injectable, non-surgical technique to stimulate healing of chronic soft-tissue injuries of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle joints. A new study presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 2012 conference reported 94% of pitchers who underwent platelet rich plasma injections for partial ulnar collateral ligament tears in the elbow returned to play without surgery. The ulna collateral ligament provides elbow stability during throwing and can sometimes result… [more]

By Frank Alberta

Automobile Crashes

There’s nothing more tragic than the patient who comes to my office for treatment of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Orthopaedic surgeons are among the frontline medical specialists who treat the trauma that results from automobile crashes. And so many accidents can be avoided if driving – and only driving – was the priority behind the wheel, especially for teenage drivers. The National Safety Council (NCS) estimates that nearly 28 percent of crashes – about 1.6 million a year… [more]

By Frank Alberta

FDA Panel Supports Painkiller Research

Good news for severe arthritis and chronic back pain suffers. The FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee has voted 21-0 to recommend continued development of an experimental class of painkillers for arthritis, despite links to bone decay and joint failure. Studies on the class of drugs known as anti-nerve growth factor drugs, designed to treat osteoarthritis and chronic back pain, were halted in 2010 after the joint problems were reported. All trials were stopped except those in cancer pain. The FDA advisory… [more]

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Rothman Orthopaedics Welcomes

Frank G. Alberta, M.D.

Dr. Frank G. Alberta is a mainstay of the orthopaedic community here in North Jersey. With over 15 years of experience in shoulder/elbow/knee surgery, he’s a leader in the field—one who is regularly recognized as a Top Doc by respected publications in New York and New Jersey. He doesn’t simply treat patients, he rebuilds lives. And now we’re proud to welcome him to the expert team at Rothman Orthopaedics.

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