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]
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]
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]
Based on your physical exam and after reviewing your MRI, we've come to conclusion that you have a superior labrum (SLAP) tear in your shoulder. Now what? There are many different ways to go about treating this condition. If you have been dealing with your symptoms for several months and have tried all conservative treatments (rest, ice, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, cortisone injections) with no relief, then surgery may be your next best option. In order to determine what the most… [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]
We can all agree that exercise is good for kids. More than 30 million kids participating in organized sports in the United States and countless more engaging in other recreational activities. But it’s also true that today’s youth athlete could become tomorrow’s osteoarthritis patients. The trauma associated with some youth sports can dramatically increase the risk that those kids will develop knee, shoulder or ankle osteoarthritis (OA) by the time they reach adulthood. Childhood injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament… [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.