Monthly Archives: January 2016

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 Tips For Keeping Shoulders Healthy


Good shoulder health means more than an attractive physique. It can mean the difference between being able to engage in daily activities with a full range of motion and being unable to participate in your life because of limited or painful movement in the shoulders and arms. The shoulder, as we know it, is made up of the rotator cuff and the shoulder blade. The shoulder blade, a ball and socket joint, is known as a “mobile but unstable” joint and relies heavily on a healthy rotator cuff for stability and overall health. In a nutshell, good shoulder health is the result of a combination of proper posture and regular conditioning. Our team of joint specialists have compiled a list of ways to keep your shoulders mobile, pain-free, and operating in optimal condition all year long.


Tips For Keeping Your Shoulders Healthy

  1. Training The Cuff: As mentioned above, a healthy rotator cuff is the key to healthy shoulders. Rotator cuff tears are incredibly common among athletes and the elderly. They go 13764733_lundiagnosed all too often due to the fact that pain is not always a symptom. As with all muscles, training this group to perform properly during physical activity will go a long way towards keeping the entire region healthy. A good physical therapist can review your specific health history and offer a series of rotator cuff movement exercises designed specifically to meet your needs.
  2. Warm Up: Warming up before every exercise routine is absolutely crucial to shoulder health. The easiest way to avoid injury is to get your muscles warmed up and ready for action before each and every workout. Spend five to ten minutes warming up with gentle rotations before starting. This goes for the Average Joe, not just athletes. Whether you’re lifting weights or simply shoveling the snow from your driveway, getting these muscles ready to work is easy, quick, and effective.
  3. Straighten Up: It turns out your mother was right. Your posture could be ruining your health. Joint and muscle specialists – as well as physical therapists – are seeing a significant increase in shoulder pain and injuries as a direct result of our work force’s tendency to spend hours hunched over the computer at work. Get up, walk around, work while standing or – at the very least – take regular breaks to stretch your muscles. But, most importantly, mind your posture while working.


If you’re experiencing pain or a lack of range of motion, call NJ Joints today. Or visit our website to request an appointment with one of our experienced doctors and physical therapists. The earlier you seek medical help, the less likely a surgical procedure will be.

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4 Causes of Elbow Pain and Available Treatment Options

Proper arm functioning is essential to everyday life; and arm functioning hinges–quite literally–on the elbow joint. Like most joints in the body, the elbow is made up of bone, muscle, ligaments, and tendons. Damage to any of these can result in a several painful conditions. Read on to learn about four common conditions that result in elbow pain and what treatments are available.


  1. Elbow Fracture. A breaking, partial o11841049_lr full, of any of the bones in the elbow is known as an elbow fracture. This is usually caused by direct trauma to the bone due to a fall, sports injury, or another accident. Depending on the severity of the fracture, treatment can range from temporary casting of the joint to open joint surgery.
  2. Elbow Sprain. Sprains involve stretching or tearing of one or more ligaments in the elbow. Elbow sprains usually result from impact to various parts of the arm, especially in an upward motion, while the arm is extended, such as breaking one’s fall with the hands while arms are outstretched. Treatment for elbow sprains involves the application of cold packs to the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and resting the arm for a period of time.
  3. Tendinitis of the elbow, sometimes known as Tennis Elbow, involves inflammation of the tendons that connect the elbow with the muscles of the forearm. This condition usually results from ongoing stress on the elbow, resulting from a variety of physical activities, such as playing tennis and tasks that involve repetitive twisting motions. Applying ice to the area and resting the arm, supplemented by anti-inflammatory medications, is the first line of defense in treating tendinitis of the elbow. In more severe cases, bracing and cortisone injections may be recommended.
  4. Several varieties of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, can result in pain and inflammation in the elbow and can limit range of motion in the joint. Most forms of arthritis are treated through medications and, in severe cases, surgery. The condition can also be managed, however, through exercise, physical therapy, and other alternative interventions.


If you are experiencing elbow pain, request an appointment with a specialist at Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute today to identify the source of your discomfort and learn what treatment options are available.


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Ankle Replacement: What You Need to Know

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Ankle replacement surgery is the procedure used to replace your own damaged bones or joints with artificial ones in response to damage severe enough to render the ankle unusable. While not uncommon, ankle replacement surgery is a major procedure that should be done by a reputable team of surgeons, and only when absolutely necessary. If you have had an injury that resulted in persistent and severe pain that limits mobility and a partial or total ankle replacement has been suggested, read on to learn more about the procedure and know what to expect.


When Ankle Replacement Is Suggested:


Ankle replacement surgery – whether partial or complete – can be suggested for a number of reasons. Here are the most common reasons for an ankle replacement.Untitled design (21)

  • Bone fractures
  • Arthritis caused by previous ankle injuries or surgeries
  • Infection
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis


What Risks Are Associated With The Procedure?


There are a few risks that accompany an ankle replacement surgery. In addition to the general risks of infection, allergic reactions, breathing problems, and blood clots associated with any surgical procedure, the most common risks of ankle replacements are:

  • Weakness in the ankle
  • The artificial joint loosening over time and resulting in instability
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage
  • Allergic reaction to the artificial joint
  • Dislocation of the artificial joint


Trained and experienced NJ joint specialists do ankle replacement surgery under general anesthesia. The team will open the ankle up and remove damaged joints. These damaged joints will then be replaced by prosthetics. In the first hours and days following surgery, patients experience some numbness and pain in the leg and ankle, which can be addressed with pain medication. After leaving the hospital, you will need to walk with assistance, such as crutches or a walker, for between four and six weeks to give the ankle the opportunity to fully heal.


If you believe you are a candidate for replacement surgery, visit our website to request a consultation and get started on recovery.

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.