After your fingers, your shoulder is the most common joint to dislocate (and you have 10 fingers with 3 joints each). Shoulder dislocations are very common in young athletes, especially wrestlers and football players. These injuries result in a huge amount of lost playing time and can lead to bigger problems with the shoulder joint later in life. Shoulder dislocations can happen at any age but are particularly problematic the younger you are at the time of the first dislocation. Why? Because age… [more]
Did you just wake up with shoulder pain one day? Never did anything to hurt it, right? Well, one of the most common causes of shoulder pain is also one of the most frustrating. Calcific tendonitis (aka calcifying/calcareous tendonitis or bursitis) is the result of a breakdown in the rotator cuff tendon (that's the tendonitis part) and a replacement of the tendon tissue with calcium deposits. It goes through a couple of phases, but the resorptive phase is when the pain really kicks in because… [more]
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries are an all too common problem. Over the winter, we blogged about Lindsay Vonn and her troubles with her ACL surgery and subsequent reinjury. Lindsay is not alone. Over 200,000 patients suffer an ACL tear every year and more than half of them end up having at least one surgery. Throughout the 1990s and into the early years of the 21st century, the orthopaedic scientific community poured much of its research efforts into figuring out… [more]
Whether you’re looking for something to eat for breakfast, a quick snack before a workout or something to hold you over until dinner, you may want reach for that jar of peanut butter. Peanut butter has many health benefits that will not only keep you full longer but will keep you energized and feeling at your best. It is great as a snack or as an additive to a meal. A serving size of peanut butter is about 2 tablespoons… [more]
Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, missed his 7th consecutive game today with a broken clavicle. Clavicle fractures (aka collarbone) are the most common broken bone (other than fingers and toes) that we see in sports medicine. For the longest time, a clavicle fracture was with a sling or maybe even a figure-8 brace, but surgery was rarely recommended. Recent research has cast some doubt on that treatment, and we are seeing many more clavicles being fixed. But why? If you broke your collarbone on… [more]
Are you planning to schedule your surgery or is your surgery already scheduled? If so, you may be asked to participate in a research program called Surgical Outcomes System, or SOS. The SOS is an online tool that enables us to easily combine surgical information with data describing how you are doing. And we collect that data from the best possible source - YOU. Patients are notified via e-mail at specific time milestones after surgery and are provided with a link… [more]
Last week we discussed the expanded uses for ultrasound (US) in diagnosing tendon problems as well a way to improve the accuracy and efficacy of injections. Ultrasound also plays a role in the treatment of these types of injuries. And that role may be getting a bit bigger. Most patients who have been to physical therapy have had some form of US treatment. Ultrasound is used to reduce inflammation and "loosen up" tissues through the sound energy it produces. It… [more]
When most people hear sonogram or ultrasound, they think someone's having a baby. But recent advances in ultrasound technology have led to its expanded use in orthopaedics, especially sports medicine. Ultrasound (US) can be used for both diagnosis and treatment. Almost all soft tissue problems can be imaged with ultrasound. Ultrasound exams can be performed quickly in the office and in the right hands, can be nearly as informative as other imaging tests. Surgeons and radiologists trained in the use… [more]
[caption id="attachment_652" align="alignright" width="300"] Graft in place running from 10:00 to 6:00 position.[/caption] We recently tweeted about Lindsey Vonn's re-injury of her surgically reconstructed ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). It's still too early to tell how she will bounce back from this latest injury, but it gets harder and harder every time that joint is injured. Unfortunately, this is an all too common story. And worse yet, it's even more common in high school athletes. Women are 8 to 9 times… [more]
This is the last of three posts about total shoulder replacement. 1. I am allergic to metals, such as jewelry. Is there any risk of people being allergic to the shoulder device parts? It would be most unusual as there is no nickel in the material, which is either titanium or cobalt-chrome. So, as far as this goes – there is no need to worry unless you have a significant history of metal allergy in the past. 2. You… [more]
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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.