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]
For the 12th straight year, Dr. Alberta was an invited faculty member at the New England Shoulder and Elbow Society (NESES) Annual Meeting in Jay Peak, Vermont this past weekend. He served on both shoulder and elbow panels and discussed topics such as shoulder instability, tennis elbow, Tommy John surgery and shoulder replacement with the best and brightest surgeons in New England, as well as invited guests lecturers from around the world. This year Dr. Ettore Taverna, a specialist in… [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]
Check out the November issue of New Jersey Monthly Magazine - The 2012 Top Doctors. We are very proud to announce that Dr. Alberta was voted as one of the Top Doctors in New Jersey by his peers! You can view his profile here . From the NJ Monthly Website... Here’s how the survey was conducted. On January 27, a questionnaire was mailed to all New Jersey-based physicians who have been licensed by the state for at least five years.… [more]
When you call or come in to the office in the future, you may be fortunate enough to meet Amanda Chevestick, PA-C. Amanda recently joined the NJOC team and we are thrilled to have her on board. Amanda is a nationally certified physician assistant who is a native of Bergen County, New Jersey. She graduated from Ramapo High School in 2005 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland in 2009. She played soccer in… [more]
This is the second of three posts about total shoulder replacement Is the pain in your shoulder stopping you from your daily activities? Does a moment go by without you thinking about it? Shoulder joint replacement may offer the relief you need. It’s less common than knee or hip replacement, but just as successful in easing joint pain. The North Jersey Orthopaedic Clinic is one of the nation’s leading centers for shoulder replacement surgery. If nonsurgical treatments like medications and… [more]
Shoulder replacement surgery can ease chronic pain. When it comes to total shoulder replacement, the average person is seeking the treatment to benefit from better range of motion and relief from chronic pain. After years of pain and a lengthy list of exhausted options, you might be ready for a long-term solution to your orthopedic pain. Its time to consider surgery when everyday activities —simple things like reaching into the cupboard for a glass or drying off after a shower,… [more]
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]
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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.