Shoulder Pain Keeping You Up at Night?

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Gene J. DeMorat, MD

The shoulder joint is capable of tremendous mobility to assist in the essential activities of everyday life. It relies upon a group of muscles, known as the rotator cuff, to ensure its function for overhead and lifting activities.

Unfortunately, the rotator cuff is commonly associated with injury. Such injuries may occur from a simple fall onto the shoulder or even from the accumulation of simple lifting events over our lifetime.

The most common symptoms are pain, weakness, and motion loss. Symptoms may develop suddenly or in a gradual onset. Symptoms that persist beyond a two week period, without signs of relief, should be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon.

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GANGLION CYSTS

Ganglion cysts are very common lumps within the hand and wrist that occur adjacent to joints or tendons.  The most common locations are the top of the wrist, the palm side of the wrist, the base of the finger on the palm side, and the top of the end joint of the finger. The ganglion cyst often resembles a water balloon on a stalk , and is filled with clear fluid or gel.

The cause of these cysts is unknown although they may form in the presence of joint or tendon irritation or mechanical changes. They occur in patients of all ages.

These cysts may change in size or even disappear completely, and they may or may not be painful. These cysts are not cancerous and will not spread to other areas.

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Guidelines for Preventing Falls

Article from: orthoinfo.aaos.org/Guidelines for Preventing Falls

Falls can happen anytime and anywhere to people of any age. However, as people get older, the number of falls and the severity of injury resulting from falls increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people age 65 and older. Common injuries due to falls are head injuries, shoulder and forearm fractures, spine fractures, pelvic fractures, and hip fractures.

There is a pattern to falls among the elderly: The fear of falling, then the injury, followed by hospitalization, decreased independence and mobility, and often relocation to a nursing or residential institution.

Falls can be a major life-changing event that robs the elderly of their independence.

Fortunately, many falls can be prevented with healthy lifestyle choices and safety modifications in the home.

Facts about Falls and the Elderly

  • Each year, one out of three adults age 65 and older falls, according to the CDC.
  • In 2000, falls among older adults cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $19 billion, according to the CDC. That equals more than $28.2 billion in 2010 dollars.
  • According to the National Hospital Discharge Survey, more than 90% of hip fractures are caused by falling. Three-quarters of all hip fractures occur in women.
  • Approximately 25% of hip fracture patients will make a full recovery; 40% will require nursing home admission; 50% will be dependent upon a cane or a walker; and 20% will die within one year of the fall.

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Congratulations to our Shore Ortho Physical Therapy clinical staff members!!!

(Left to Right) Grady Brozyna (Shore Ortho PT, Somers Point), Chris Hanson (Shore Ortho PT, CMCH), Matthew Redmond (NovaCare Rehabilitation Marmora) and  Doug Dannehower (Shore Ortho PT, Somers Point)

Congratulations are in order for a few of our Shore Ortho Physical Therapy clinical staff members.  This past weekend  finished a long clinical journey.  In year one of their journey, they became Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapists (COMT).  In year two, they completed their Residency Training.  This past weekend, they completed the last portion of their journey and became Fellowship Trained.  They are now Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (FAAOMPT).

 

 

 

Thomas A. Barrett, MD – Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

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Thomas A. Barrett, MD – Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

 

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