Shouldering Shoulder Pain

Now that the world is opening up a bit, especially for outdoor activities, certain body parts and joints may be making themselves known to you.  Most have had it very easy for the last 4-5 months and do not share your exuberance to resuming your athletic life.

One particularly cranky one can be your shoulders, especially if you play golf, tennis, baseball, volleyball or even if you swim.  You do not have to play a contact sport like football to get injured.  Repetitive motion can make joints irritable.  We rely on our shoulders to support many of our most basic motions, including pushing, pulling, lifting, and throwing. Anything you do with repetitive or strenuous motion can impair functionality, range of motion, and cause you pain.

Be on the lookout for signs of:

Shoulder Arthritis– loss of the normal cartilage (smooth surfaces) that line your shoulder joint.  This makes moving your shoulder and arm painful and inflamed. If you have trouble lifting your arm, hear a clicking when you do, or have pain, stiffness, or redness in the area…it could be a sign.

Frozen Shoulder– the capsule of connective tissue that surrounds the shoulder thickens and contracts which leads to stiffness and shoulder pain from restricted movement. This typically affects adults ages 40 to 60. It can also be caused by diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s, or cardiac disease.

Rotator Cuff – The collarbone, the upper arm bone, and the shoulder blade form the Shoulder. The group of muscles which are attached to the shoulder are known together as the Rotator Cuff, which gives you your range of motion.  This group is prone to tendonitis, bursitis, and tears.  You may experience weakness, tenderness, limited range of motion, snapping or cracking sensations and your sleep may be affected since you just cannot get comfortable.

Dislocations – The humerus bone can become partially or completely separated from the socket from a bad fall, accident, or strong contact during sports.  You may experience symptoms of swelling, numbness, weakness, bruising, pain, instability, and even muscle spasms.

Fractures– Broken bones can affect the shoulder, such as your collar bone, upper arm (humerus), shoulder blade (Scapula).  The older you get, the more prone you are to fractures because of osteoporosis.

Instability- when muscles and ligaments are not strong enough to hold the bones in the socket securely, loose, or torn ligaments are comment as well as dislocations

Separation – Often confused with dislocation, this happens when the connection between the shoulder blade and collar bone are disrupted. This would cause severe pain and possible a deformed appearance.

Impingement– when you raise your arm above shoulder height, the space between your shoulder blade and rotator cuff narrows and can rub or press on the tendon and bursa.

In pain?  Need a shoulder to cry on? Don’t have a chip on your shoulder, you should not have to shoulder the burden of injury or pain.  If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, call Dr. Marshall Allegra.  He promises not to give you the cold shoulder!

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return you back to your normal life, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoiding long term implications.

 

Think well, live well, be well.

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra

879 Poole Avenue, Hazlet New Jersey, 07730
Phone: (732) 888-8388

Spring Brings Eternal Hope…For Golf

We have all heard the saying Hope Springs Eternal, which is taken to mean that people will continue to hope although it seems unlikely.  Well, we can all hope that Spring will bring eternal health, happiness, and the joy of life back to us after weathering the last several months in quarantine.

It appears as though our elected officials are testing the waters, allowing some access to parks and the great outdoors.  Even the golf courses are open!

That being said, within a short period of time after a delayed golf season being declared, the phone starts to ring with golf injuries.  Be mindful that for the last few months most people have been a combination of lounge lizard and couch-potato…you need to ease into the roll of Tigger and slow your roll to avoid injuries.

Most golf injuries are a result of poor mechanics and overuse. Non-golfers do not understand that you use your entire body to execute a golf swing in a complicated, coordinated movement.  It truly is a sport and not just a hobby.

Most common injuries in golf

  • Back pain
  • Elbow tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Wrist pain

You may want to play a round of air golf before you hit the course. Similar to air guitar, this is practicing your swing motion without the club in hand.  This will loosen up your joints and muscles to the once familiar swing motion.  Warming up before playing any sport is essential.

Working on your mobility can ward off evil injuries. Stretching and rotating your knees, hips and lower back as well as your neck and shoulders feels wonderful and is a great help. Balance plays a big part in your game and your safety.  Work on your core strength and cross body coordination as well as the oblique muscles needed for your ultimate torso rotation/swing.

Playing a full 18 holes requires a lot of repetitive movements, putting stress on the same muscles, tendons, and joints time after time. To try and avoid injuries:

  • Ease into the 18-hole game with a shorter one at first.
  • Dress for success with proper footwear and appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Don’t forget your sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • Warm up for 10-15 minutes to stretch and increase your range of motion
  • Be mindful of posture- poor posture leads to back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Brace yourself if certain body parts tend to be weak and need support

 

If you are experiencing pain apply ice/a cold pack for 15-20 minutes at a time to reduce inflammation, every 3 hours if possible. You can use heat when inflammation subsides. Rest it out, take an anti-inflammatory or analgesic if allowed.

If the pain does not diminish within a few days to a week, you might be wise to visit an Orthopedic Specialist to rule out serious or chronic injuries.

Be smart and maintain social distancing and wear your mask as long as it is recommended. The golf course may be open, but life is not quite back to normal yet.

 

Think well, live well, be well.

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra

879 Poole Avenue, Hazlet New Jersey, 07730
Phone: (732) 888-8388

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return you back to your normal life, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoiding long term implications.

Coping with Quarantine- Don’t let Corona Get the Better of You and Yours

Life is not easy for anyone, anywhere right now.  You have the threat of physical illness, financial worries, shortages of necessities, children home 24/7 driving you nuts, weak and elderly loved ones you can’t get to and a sense of isolation.

Staying positive is so important. Don’t watch that sad movie, don’t dwell on the fears, continually count your blessings.

Here are some ideas to come out of this traumatic life event in one piece and maybe a little wiser, healthier, and happier.

  • Physical exercise is really important, though this may be particularly hard confined to home. Consider jump roping, Yoga, Tai Chi, or Pilates from online classes or something you find on the web. 10 minutes a day makes a difference.
  • Turn up some good music and dance, dance, dance. Keep moving and your heart pumping. Usually within five minutes after moderate exercise you get a mood-enhancement effect.
  • Walk off your anxiety, with or without Fido and the kids. Fresh air and sunshine does wonders for the mood and the endorphins need an airing out too. Chat with your neighbors from 6 feet away.
  • Create a daily routine, it will add structure to your day. Set your alarm clock regardless, get yourself dressed to start your day, you will feel better and more purposeful.
  • If you work at home, keep your routine as close to going to work as possible including getting dressed.
  • Take breaks from the news stories in any format, including social media. You are living a pandemic, you don’t need to be hearing about it repeatedly, adding to your stress.
  • Don’t stress eat, nothing good will come of it. Try to eat healthy, balanced meals.
  • Search the web for new recipes you never had the time or energy to try before. Take the food pantry challenge, what delicious meals can you make from what you have at home already to avoid going shopping. Make it a family activity, divide into teams to see who comes up with the best meals.
  • Ease off on the caffeine and avoid alcohol. Caffeine makes many anxious and jumpy and alcohol, while it gives you that lovely buzz, is a depressant.
  • Make the most out of family time while you have this opportunity. Don’t share your anxiety with your children. Your kids are already stressed with what they hear, try alleviating their fears by making an adventure out of it as much as possible. They are stuck in with no school, no afterschool activities, no friends.
  • Take that online course you have been considering, sharpen your skill set. Learn a language or musical instrument!
  • Clean and organize your home, doing all the things you never had time to do before. If you have your family around you, make it a group effort.
  • Social isolation is a terrible thing. Connect with others. Make a list of people that you want to check in on, especially those who bring your spirits up. Reach out to people you might not have spoken with in a long time. Avoid Debby Downer and Sad Sam. Make use of facetime and Zoom to see their faces and know they are well.
  • If you love the outdoors, gardening is actually a low-impact workout.  Pulling weeds can burn 200 calories an hour, but more so it puts you in touch with nature and renews your spirit.
  • It is early spring in New Jersey, spend time on the web planning out your perennials and vegetable garden so when it is time to sow, you are in the know.

Think well, live well, be well.

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra

879 Poole Avenue, Hazlet New Jersey, 07730
Phone: (732) 888-8388

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return you back to your normal life, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoiding long term implications.

March Madness 2020 Predictions

March Madness is probably one of the largest, most exhilarating, and fun events in all of sports!  Each year at this time, the NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, is played, and has been annually since 1939. The inaugural NCAA men’s basketball tournament had just eight teams, increased now to 68 teams. This single-elimination tournament of 68 teams compete in seven rounds for the national championship, resulting in The Final Four.

Before the tournament even begins, there is a long roster of talented players that are out for the season or out indefinitely.  Many of these athletes had the potential of going pro, and the tournament was an opportunity for exposure to professional scouts and career making games. Some injuries are recoverable, allowing the athlete to work back up to full potential.  Some injuries take a career from GO to NO.

The overall rate of injury in a 16-year time span from the 1988–1989 season through 2003–2004 was 9.9 per 1000 athlete-exposures for games.  Athlete-exposures for practices was 4.3 per 1000 during the same time frame.

Roughly 60% of all injuries were to the lower extremity, with ankle ligament sprains being the most common injury and knee internal instabilities being the most common injury. 59% of game-related injuries occurred during the second half of the game, which identifies fatigue as a predisposing factor. A trend of observed increase in physical contact in men’s basketball over the past 2 decades has led to increasing incidence of injuries to the head and face was noted over the 16-year span of the study. You know the issue is real when you have an NCAA Injury Surveillance Program.

Not a college athlete in your home? According to a study of high school basketball players by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA):

  • Twenty-two percent of all male basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year.
  • Approximately 42% of the injuries were to the ankle/foot, far outnumbering other injured body categories such as hip/thigh (11%) and knee (9%).
  • Sprains were the most common type of injury (43%).
  • General trauma was the second most common type of injury (22%).
  • Sixty percent of the injuries occurred during practice.
  • Fifty-nine percent of game-related injuries occurred during the second half of the game.

Injury Prevention Tips

  • Wear athletic shoes that fit securely, are non-skid and have high tops for ankle support.
  • Warm up and stretch before each session.  This will increase deep muscle temperatures giving increased flexibility
  • Use proper technique and follow the rules (they were not made to be broken).
  • Use a mouth guard, ankle braces, safety glasses, elbow, and knee pads to prevent injuries when falling and coming into contact with other players.
  • Do not wear jewelry or other accessories.
  • Play on a clean, dry, safe surface.
  • If you are injured, take the time to rest it out before you return to sports.

If an injury occurs, remember the R.I.C.E. method

  • Rest the injured area.
  • Ice the injured area for 20 minutes every 2 hours.
  • Apply a Compression wrap to reduce swelling.
  • Elevate the injured area to a level above the heart.

Our prediction is March Madness will inspire young and old alike to play basketball with gusto.  Enjoy the game, take precautions to avoid injuries.  If you get injured and you do not improve within a few days, seek medical advice or treatment.

Dr. Marshall Allegra spends time speaking with each patient at his office in Hazlet to understand their unique condition. With over 25 years of experience as an Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Allegra is an expert at diagnosing pain and prescribing the most appropriate non-surgical interventions before surgery is recommended.

January Was Weight Loss Awareness month…and…

Do you ever feel you were born in the wrong era? For those of us who are “less slender”, living in the late 1500’s would have been our time to be appreciated. Rubenesque was vogue rather than statuesque.

For about 300 years, between 1500s and 1800s, body weight and volume, for both men and women was considered not only beautiful but natural. Girth had some correlation with worth, after all, if you overate it must mean you had the money to do so!

Here is the kicker, from the 1500s onward, till around the year 1800, life expectancy throughout Europe hovered between 30 and 40 years of age. You may have impressed your friends with your chub but didn’t live long enough to enjoy it. Google the artwork of the Rubenesque era and see that most of the subjects in the paintings were not smiling.

Aside from your New Year’s Resolution which may have come and gone by now, try being more mindful of your lifestyle and eating habits. Everyone seems to have an opinion and a book to sell it, but there are plenty of habits and changes in routine that are easy and the best way to achieve your goals.

Excess weight puts further stress on weight-bearing joints (the knee, the ankle). Additionally, inflammatory factors associated with weight gain might contribute to trouble in other joints (for example, the hands or feet).

Common sense says: burn more calories than you consume

If you want to lose weight, you have to change your diet.

  • Avoid foods that are high in salt and sugar.
  • Eat in so you can control your calories and portions.
  • Choose wisely- something sweet can be nutritious fruit with natural sugar.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Go for leaner proteins like turkey, chicken, or fish.
  • Not all carbs are created equal. Refined carbs (processed) are associated with obesity and metabolic diseases
  • Time your meals during the day, when your body has time to burn everything off.

If you want to lose weight exercise smarter, not harder

Try aerobic workouts doing things like jumping, sprinting, or lifting weights. High effort, small doses mean higher intensity which improves your metabolism compared to lower intensity workouts.

Work out with a friend for fun and support, it doesn’t have to feel like work.

Be consistent-. Make sure to work out at least 3-4 times a week for at least 45 minutes.

If you want to lose weight, rest

Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep and try to keep a consistent schedule. This will give your body the energy it needs and when you are sleeping, you are not snacking.

Use technology as a tool

Explore fitness, weight, food, and other trackers to make sure you’re getting the right balance using a food diary or one of the many apps.

Don’t stress the numbers

The scale can make you crazy, watch the changes in your body and you will be encouraged. Reducing your calories consumed and increasing your calories burned is a no fail solution.  Take weight loss one pound at a time.  If you want to lose a large amount of weight, that number may be intimidating and dooming you to fail.

Congratulations, you lost 7 pounds!  Now visualize carrying an Over Stuffer in your arms all day.  You just lost an Oven Stuffer! Every pound you lose is that must less strain, wear and tear you are putting on your joints, muscles, and organs. You will feel so much better if you lighten your load.

If you feel your weight has affected you, a visit to Dr. Marshall P. Allegra will help you isolate the problem and choose the best option for you.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an expert diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine the best treatment options to return you to your normal, pain-free life.

Congratulations on your new hip!

You have traded in the nightmare of constant pain and stiffness, going from limiting your ability to enjoy life to a life of amazing possibilities.

Now the key is to get the most out of your hip replacement surgery, to make your life from here forward that much more enjoyable.  You need to recover well and work toward a healthier lifestyle.  Your previous pain has led you to a more sedentary life, you avoided movement and exercise because it caused you pain. The effect of this is weakened muscles in your hip.  A full recovery from hip replacement will take many months.

Keep a close eye on your incision to avoid infection. Keep your incision clean and dry and wash hands or wear gloves before changing dressings. Follow the discharge instructions given and contact your surgeon with any questions or concerns. Some possible warning signs would be:

  • Redness around the incision
  • Drainage from the incision
  • Fever and chills

Physical activity after surgery reduces your risk of developing blood clots. You will be surprised how quickly the nurse get you up and around to promote circulation.  If you notice new swelling or tenderness to the touch of the affected leg, contact your hip replacement surgeon immediately. These are signs of possible clots.

Working with a physical therapist or trainer allows them to design a routine to restore strength and mobility to your hip. This paves the way to a full recovery and gradual return to everyday activities plus others you may enjoy. Now is not the time to baby yourself because you had surgery, it is the time to rebuild wisely with the right guidance.

Physical therapy after hip replacement usually begins the day after surgery while still in the hospital. You will be amazed that within days you can walk with a walker, crutches, or a cane. You will continue physical therapy for several weeks to even several months following the surgery. Everyone heals and strengthens at their own pace after surgery. Physical Therapy, whether as an outpatient or in-home, is essential. Just as in the gym, no pain…no gain.  Follow the instructions given by the professionals and you will see the difference in your ability to enjoy life. It will be much easier for you to participate in regular exercise in time.

Speak with your surgeon and physical therapist and discuss what you can do on your own to speed up your recovery time.  There are simple exercises you can do while lying in bed, just watching television, that increase circulation and strengthen your weakened muscles.

  1. Pump those ankles… slowly push your foot up and down, bending and flexing
  2. Rotate your ankles…moving in circles inward and outward
  3. Knee Bends in bed…. slowly slide your foot toward your buttocks, keeping your heel on the bed without rolling your knee inward. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds and straighten
  4. Buttock Contractions…. slowly tighten and release while lying flat
  5. Abduction Exercise…. slowly scissoring your legs while lying flat
  6. Quadriceps Set. … Tighten your thigh muscle while trying to straighten your knee, hold and release.
  7. Straight Leg Raises…. Tighten your thigh muscle with your knee fully straightened on the bed, lifting your leg several inches. Hold for 5 to 10 seconds. Slowly lower.

Eventually you will be ready to graduate to exercises done in a standing position…full recovery here you come!

A visit to Dr. Marshall P. Allegra will answer all of your questions about hip replacement surgery and the recovery period.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an expert diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine the best treatment options to return you to your normal, pain-free life.

Put Knee and Hip Pain in Your Past By Dr. Allegra

As you walk through your day, how many people do you see with a limp and a pained expression on their face?  Too many people are living life with painful, worn-out knees and hips without realizing how simple the solution really is.

Your healthy joints are cushioned by a coating of cartilage that guards the bones against rubbing against each other. Time and excessive wear and tear are not friends, causing the cartilage to slowly wear down, leaving our joints unprotected. This is termed “bone-on-bone”. Speak to Dr. Allegra to determine what options are available to you to relieve your pain and potentially solve the problem that causes it. When all non-surgical options have been exhausted, don’t despair.

Surgical options have become so much simpler than in recent years and the recovery time has gotten shorter with the newer technology. Dr. Allegra performs both partial and total joint replacement surgical procedures. Partial joint replacement surgeries are minimally invasive procedures. These surgeries replace only the damaged areas while more of the natural joint is preserved. Less invasive exposure minimizes the cutting of the normal tendons around the knee and is performed through a smaller incision.

If you are experiencing joint pain, keeping your weight down is good for your joints and your overall health. Patients should begin a program of exercise as a preoperative measure. Even the simplest muscle tensing exercise will help strengthen your muscles in preparation for postoperative walking. The stronger you are going in to surgery, the shorter the recovery time to resuming your life.

The majority of total hip and knee replacement patients are over 55 years of age, most often to provide relief for severe arthritic conditions. Fractures and injuries are typical causes for the younger patients. A candidate for total replacement surgery experiences:

  • Severe discomfort that hinders everyday activities
  • Pain that can’t be managed by anti-inflammatory medications, canes or walkers
  • Considerable stiffness of the joint
  • Advanced arthritis or other problem

The success rate for the hip replacement procedure is very high, with greater than 95% of patients experiencing relief from hip pain. Long term relief; 10 years after surgery is 90- 95% and at 20 years 80-85%.

Knee replacement will correct the knee problem, leaving muscles weak.  Physical therapy will help regain range of motion and strengthen muscles. This therapy begins in the hospital with a physical therapist and continues thereafter. 85 to 90 percent of all total knee replacement operations performed are successful for roughly 10 to 15 years, depending on the patient’s level of activity.

As with any major surgery, there are potential risks that should be discussed with your doctor. Recovery time depends on age, health status, and response to rehabilitation. Two to three months is the typical recovery time. and varies with each patient.

A typical post-operative visit to our offices results in the patient commenting;

“I don’t know why I waited so long to feel so good”

A visit to Dr. Marshall P. Allegra will help you choose the best option for you.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an expert diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine the best treatment options to return you to your normal, pain free life.


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Back to School, Back to Sports

As a parent, you appreciate how playing sports offers many benefits to youth and adults alike. You may have even been an athlete yourself and know how it raised your own self-esteem, created enduring friendships, taught teamwork, and commitment as well as a wonderful outlet for exuberant energy.

Unfortunately, injuries are an unavoidable part of sports participation. Injuries come in many forms, both physical and emotional. It is best to give your student good guidelines on staying safe to avoid injury that may disrupt sport participation but, more importantly, other activities of daily living and a psychological response.

Psychological response to injury can lead to sadness, a feeling of isolation, reduced motivation, frustration, and even disturbing sleeping and eating patterns. They are losing the ability to do something they love and possibly gave them a feeling of importance.

Physical injuries are on the rise just as participation in organized sports is on the rise. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States.

If loving your child isn’t enough to motivate you to keep them safe with the proper gear, rest, and a balance of sports and outside of sports life, keep these CDC statistics in mind:

  • High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
  • More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year and are nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals.
  • On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age.
  • Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students
  • 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice.
  • Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States.
  • Since 2000 there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.

According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. Yes, practice makes perfect, but one-third of parents do not have their children take the same safety precautions at practice that they would during a game. Keep this in mind for casual backyard play too. Helmets, padding, bracing, warm-up time…whatever it takes to keep them safe.

Some of the common injuries to be on the alert for:

Rotator Cuff Tear is a tear in the tissues connecting muscle to bone (tendons) around the shoulder joint and often occurs in people who repeatedly perform the same should motions over and over again. This is very common with more than 3 million cases per year. This requires a medical diagnosis and is treatable by a medical professional with medication, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and possibly surgery.

 

Achilles tendon injury is very common, feeling like stiffness or burning in the part of your leg from the heel to your calf muscle. It is the largest tendon in your body. Achilles tendon injuries are common in people who do things where they quickly speed up, slow down, or pivot. Flat feet, insufficient pre-play stretching and even wearing high heels can make you more vulnerable. If your athlete experiences pain around the heel, take immediate action to avoid a more serious problem.  What could start out with a strain can easily become a tear which may require surgery if ignored,

Clavicle fracture is a break in the bone connecting the breastbone and shoulder also known as the collar bone. While not as common with fewer than 200,000 US cases per year, this also requires a critical medical diagnosis and treatment by a medical professional. Discounting symptoms can only make the injury worse.

Pulling them off the field if you suspect an injury is a wise decision.  The sooner an injury is attended to, the less severe it may end up being.

A visit to Dr. Marshall P. Allegra will help you choose the best option for you or your injured youth athlete.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine sports-induced injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return your student back to the playing field, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoiding long term implications.

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When You Should Visit an Orthopedic Doctor?

Are you having trouble with your every move: walking, climbing stairs, even sitting or lying down? Surgery can help bring relief, but doctors almost always advise trying other treatment options first.

Learn More About Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatment

What Are The Symptoms That Something Might Be Wrong?

Symptoms offer clues to your condition. If you are experiencing any of the following, you should make an appointment with a joint specialist to have them assessed:

  • Joint discomfort that prevents you from participating in recreational activities
  • Joint instability
  • Joint pain that limits your ability to conduct necessary and daily functions, such as climbing stairs or standing up
  • Limping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Pain that affects your ability to sleep
  • Soreness, stiffness, or swelling
  • Severe joint pain
  • You have attempted more conservative treatment methods, such as exercise or therapy, without success

If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, you may be suffering from one of the following injuries or conditions that can be treated with joint replacement surgery by our expertly trained joint surgeons:

  • Arthritis
  • Deterioration of joint cartilage
  • Fractures
  • Joint abnormalities
  • Joint damage due to repetitive stress
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Experience Excellence at Allegra Orthopedics Of New Jersey

Deciding on the best surgeon to treat your joint pain is important, and there is much to consider when choosing a joint specialist to perform your joint replacement surgery.

At Allegra Orthopedics, you can be confident knowing Dr. Marshall P. Allegra is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. Specializing in minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, full and partial joint reconstruction, hand, foot and ankle surgery, fracture care, and non-surgical treatment options, Dr. Allegra is dedicated to providing one-on-one personalized care to every patient.

Dr. Marshall P. Allegra takes a one-on-one personalized in assessing, diagnosing, and treating his patients. From your initial consultation to your last physical therapy visit Dr. Allegra and support staff are skilled in delivering excellence in care for our joint replacement patients.

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When Everything Old Feels New(ish) Again

Certain things get better with age, our bodies do not.  We are filled with mechanical parts like joints, and tendons, and ligaments that can simply wear out. There are surgical options to help with this, but not everyone is ready for surgery or not an ideal candidate.

If you have one of these conditions, pay special attention! 

  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis of the shoulder
  • Tennis elbow
  • Trigger fingers and points
  • Plantar fasciitis of the foot (heel spurs)
  • Joint and muscle inflammation
  • Pain
  • Swelling or arthritis of joints
  • Nerve inflammation
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Morton neuromas in the foot
  • Neck and back pain

A few of the non-surgical options to help heal and reduce your inflammation and pain are:

Cortisone Injections

Cortisone (corticosteroid) is a powerful anti-inflammatory hormone that is injected directly into the affected area to decrease joint swelling which, as a result, increases mobility and function. By controlling inflammation, cortisone helps reduce or eliminate the pain with certain conditions. Cortisone injections may mean rapid inflammation relief, dependability, and minimal side effects. Relief can be felt in two to seven days with up to 3 weeks before the full effect is felt.  The result will last up to three months and can be done up to 4 times a year.

Viscosupplementation

There are injections which lubricate the joint or tissue injury. Viscosupplementation is one such procedure where a thick fluid called hyaluronic acid is injected into the knee joint. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in the synovial (joint) fluid. It acts as a lubricant to enable bones to move smoothly over each other and as a shock absorber for joint loads.

 

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection

PRP is being used regularly at the highest levels of sports, and on the most highly salaried athletes in the world today. This technique came into the spotlight when Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers received PRP therapy prior to winning Super Bowl XLIII. There are similar success stories in all professional sports.

Our blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma, red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots as well as consisting of special proteins, known as growth factors.  These help with our body’s healing process. Platelet-rich plasma contains 94% of platelets versus the normal concentration of growth factors found in normal blood (6%).  It increases the healing properties exponentially.

Your own blood is placed in a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma from the other components of whole blood. The concentrated platelets are injected into the site of the injury, often using ultrasound guidance for accuracy.  The growth factors stimulate tissue recovery by increasing collagen production.  This enhances tendon stem cell production, and tenocyte-related gene and protein expression. They also stimulate blood flow and cause cartilage to become firmer and more resilient.

PRP injections can help alleviate painful symptoms, promote healing, and delay joint replacement surgeries in conditions such as muscle, ligament, and tendon injuries; arthritis; and fractures.

Any tendon or ligament injury (except complete tears) may be treated successfully with PRP. It will reduce the downtime while also reducing the chance for re-injury.

There is some discomfort associated with both acquiring the blood to inject, the actual injection itself, and for several days after.  The relief found from a PRP injection is not immediate.

A visit to Dr. Marshall P. Allegra will help you choose the best option for you.  He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Monmouth County for over 25 years. As an experienced diagnostician, Dr. Allegra can expertly determine sports-induced injuries, and then determine the best treatment options to return your student back to the playing field, restoring functionality and range of motion as quickly as possible and avoiding long term implications.

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