Monthly Archives: September 2015

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Hip Health: Five Steps

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Hip health is vital to maintaining mobility as we age. Try these tips to keep your hips healthy, strong, and pain free.

Chow Down, Bone Up

Two types of food are especially important: oily fish and dairy products. The oily fish will get you your omega-3 acids, which help lubricate joints and ease inflammation. The dairy will help you get your daily vitamin D and calcium, both of which are essential to building and maintaining bone density.

Try Some Simple Exercises

If you are experiencing any pain in your hips, please consult with a doctor and/or physiotherapist before performing any exercises–even these!

Hip Squeezes: Lay flat on your back with your knees raised and bent. Put a cushion between your knees, squeeze, and hold for five seconds.

Leg Raises: Lay on your back with your legs laying flat on the ground. Slowly raise each leg, keeping both straight, and hold in the air for at least two seconds.

Side Raises: Lay on your side, with the knee closest to the ground bent. Raise the other leg, keeping it straight, and hold for five seconds.

Repeat each exercise ten times (ten per leg, for the last two).

Be Hip, Take a Dip

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: hit the pool. Water is your joints’ friend. It allows you to get those strengthening exercises without putting too much pressure on your joints.

Take a Load Off

Maintain a healthy weight, and your hips will thank you. Less lbs means exponentially less pressure on your hip joints.

Hips Don’t Lie–So Listen To Yours

If you are experiencing pain in your hips, see a doctor ASAP–don’t wait it out. A wide range of issues, including things like gynecological issues or foot problems that you might not expect, can cause hip pain. Identifying the source of discomfort as soon as it arises is integral to keeping your hips healthy.

If you are experiencing any pain or discomfort in your hips, we encourage you to request an appointment with our joint specialists today.

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Shoulder Replacement Surgery

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When you say joint replacement surgery, chances are knees and hips are what come to mind first. But joint replacement surgery is actually used to restore a number of other key areas, including the shoulder. Like any joint replacement, shoulder replacement surgery is a serious and advanced procedure with a significant recovery time. It’s considered only in cases of severe pain and loss of function. It may not result in “pro-athlete” level flexibility, but it can offer patients a new shot at a pain-free and more mobile life.


Before even considering shoulder replacement surgery as an option, your doctor will work with you to explore more conservative treatments such as medication and exercise. Patients are also evaluated to make sure they are in good enough health to undergo the procedure successfully.

The Procedure

There are several types of surgery used to treat different shoulder joint conditions. The most basic variety of shoulder replacement surgery involves replacing the end of the upper arm (which has a bulbous, ball-like end) and shoulder bone (which has a rounded, concave end where the end of the upper arm bone fits into place). These areas may be capped with artificial surfaces lined in plastic or metal, a practice known as shoulder resurfacing.

A newer procedure, reverse total shoulder replacement, is sometimes used for patients suffering from arthritis in the shoulder. Basically, instead of attaching the rounded joint component to the top of the upper arm bone, it’s attached to the shoulder bone, and the concave component is attached to the upper arm bone. This method can be more effective for patients with certain kinds of muscle damage.


Recovery normally takes a minimum of three months, during which time it’s vital to keep the area appropriately exercised. A physical therapist will work with you on specific exercises. Generally, patients should plan on three days at the hospital post surgery, followed by a period of very limited activity the first six weeks. Even after full recovery, it’s important to make an effort to keep the joint active so that it stays healthy and functional.

If you are suffering from severe shoulder pain, contact the New Jersey Joints specialists to learn more about your treatment options.

Limited mobility and chronic pain from damaged joints is a tragedy that affects more than just one person — it robs families, loved ones, and communities of so much you have to offer. The specialists at the Advanced Joint Replacement Institute want to help you get back on your feet and out in the world. Our team has the experience, skills, and technology to replace joints using minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery time, less pain, and less scarring.