Gene J. DeMorat, MD
Weekend warriors’ watch out, rotator cuff injuries happen from simple yard work more often than they do from pitching nine innings
Rotator cuff injuries
The sharp pain in your shoulder that wakes you up when you roll over in the middle of the night might be your rotator cuff or several other things. Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Gene DeMorat of Shore Orthopaedic University Associates, who works with local athletes and was a physician for the U.S. Olympic ski, snowboard and speed skating teams, works with many patients suffering with shoulder pain. “I work with athletes who have shoulder and rotator cuff problems due to injuries related to their sport. But more than athletes, I have weekend warriors who do a lot of damage to their shoulder in their own backyard,” said DeMorat.
Weekend Warriors are frequent patients
Spring is here and it is prime season for rotator cuff injuries according to Dr. DeMorat. “I see so many patients who come in with shoulder pain and it is not because they just pitched nine innings. It is because they have not done any exercise over the winter and there is a nice sunny day and they decide to go for a run even though they have been rather sedentary, not working out over the winter and they find themselves hurting. We see a lot of weekend warriors that come out with the good weather, doing a sudden burst of work, whether it is raking leaves, digging, lifting heavy objects or they decide to do some painting and they find themselves in some pretty significant discomfort.”
Dr Zabinski has helped me through many orthopaedic situations…including a left torn rotator cuff repair and a hip replacement. Yesterday was a “patch up” for the right shoulder torn rotator cuff. Ouch, but hopefully it will relieve some of the pain until I can get the necessary surgery to be pain free!!
– Deborah Criqui
Deborah Criqui, Linwood, NJ 08221
Physician: Stephen J. Zabinski, MD
Dr Zabinski has helped me through 6 years of orthopaedic issues. It began with severe tendinitis in my hip and eventually 2 torn rotator cuffs. I’m pleased to say that the left torn rotator is a complete success, and a new right hip is mostly successful (he warned me that I wouldn’t get 100%relief due to the tendinitis).
However, I had great care during these 2 procedures and most likely will have my right rotator repaired by Dr Zabinski as well. Great staff and follow up.
Linwood, NJ 08221
Dr. John F. Phillips, Somers Point, NJ
Total Knee Replacement
Physician: Richard Islinger, MD
As a 73 year old male who is enthusiastic about martial arts, about a four mile daily walk, and about a one hour daily swim, I am tremendously grateful to Dr. Richard Islinger. He completed a total replacement of my knee, and repaired a severely damaged rotator cuff, which required seven anchors.
I not only benefited greatly from his expertise and competence as a surgeon, but also from his kind, caring, assuring manner. His thorough explanations and keen interest in my welfare before and after surgery contributed greatly to me being able to return to my highly active lifestyle. I am greatly Indebted to Dr. Islinger.
Dr. John F. Phillips
By: Gene J. DeMorat, M.D.
The rotator cuff is a series of muscles that provides essential function for overhead and lifting activities of the shoulder. Unfortunately, it is commonly associated with injury resulting from falls; from the repetitive motions of sports, like throwing a ball; or even simple lifting. Continue reading