Category Archives: Shoulder

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Is Shoulder Resurfacing Right For Me?

If you have been suffering from arthritis of the shoulder, you know how much the pain and stiffness can limit your daily tasks. But weakness, grinding, and discomfort don’t have to be part of your routine anymore. With shoulder resurfacing as an alternative to total shoulder replacement, you can get your life back, faster than ever before.

 

Shoulder resurfacing is a more conservation procedure, making it ideal for patients with shoulder issues who are not yet in need of a full replacement but want to return to full function. Instead of surgically cutting and removing two separate bones, as is done in full shoulder replacement, only the humeral head of the shoulder is replaced with metal.4209110_l

 

Only a surgeon can determine if you qualify for resurfacing rather than a replacement. But, usually, patients who have resurfacing suffer from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, rotator cuff disease/injury, or post-trauma arthritis. If you are ready to take the next step, request an appointment with us today.

 

Unlike a full replacement, shoulder resurfacing is a less traumatic surgery to your body, and has no risk of fracture at the top of the prosthesis. Resurfacing restores the normal anatomy of the shoulder, and can be done even if the bone is deformed from an accident or injury.  The recovery is shorter, with no risk of fat embolism from surgery, and less pain.  Should there be a need, resurfacing is easily revised to a full replacement.

 

The benefits are clear, but every surgical procedure carries its own risks. However, with an experienced surgeon and follow-up physical therapy, most patients experience the cessation of pain and a full recovery to functionality that can last for many years.  Shoulder arthritis does not diminish over time; it worsens. Before you find yourself unable to do the things you enjoy, consider whether shoulder resurfacing might be the right solution to your shoulder pain and weakness.

 

 

 


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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.


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.