Our NJ orthopedic shoulder specialist is an expert in managing shoulder injuries and pain and he performs shoulder surgical procedures to aid in the repair and recovery of any shoulder injury.
When you experience shoulder pain during every day movement and seek treatment for a more serious diagnosis such as a rotator cuff tear, it is important to have some of the top shoulder pain doctors in NJ on your side. Our orthopedic shoulder specialist, Dr. Jesse Allert, is available at our Maywood or Wayne, NJ location. Here he provides expert diagnosis of your shoulder injury as well as perform the necessary shoulder repair and surgery procedures to restore healthy shoulder function.
Meet Dr. Allert: Orthopedic Shoulder Specialist in New Jersey
Being one of the few orthopedists who completed an additional year dedicated solely to shoulder and elbow surgery, Dr. Allert has seen just about every injury and surgical option for shoulder-related conditions.
Dr. Allert completed his orthopedic residency at Seton Hall University. After this, he was selected into one of the top shoulder and elbow fellowships in the country, the Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa, Florida. Tampa is known as a hub for high-performing overhead athletes, including baseball pitchers during spring who may have problems with their rotator cuff, labrum, or bicep. It’s also home to many recreational athletes, weekend warriors, and retirees who are regularly treated for conditions like shoulder arthritis and labral tears.
Dr. Allert has been happy to bring the Tampa shoulder training to New Jersey and is regularly invited to lectures and training seminars to teach advanced techniques on shoulder replacement and arthroscopy.
Our areas of shoulder expertise include the following treatments and repairs:
- Shoulder Injuries
- Shoulder Replacement
- Reverse Shoulder Replacement
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Shoulder Dislocation
- Labral Tear
- Rotator Cuff Repair
- Shoulder Arthritis
- Shoulder Pain
- & More
Selected Recent Publications Authored by Dr. Allert:
- – Rotator Cuff Injuries (Textbook)
- – Decision Making in Proximal Humerus Fractures
- – Does Fellowship Training Effect Patient Outcomes After Total Shoulder Replacement?
- – 10 year Outcomes After Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement
- – Bone Graft and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement in Massive Rotator Cuff Tear
- – Visualization of the Biceps Tendon during Shoulder Arthroscopy
- –Arthroscopy Association of North America: Superior Capsular Reconstruction or Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement for Rotator Cuff Tear
The Signs of Rotator Cuff Tears and Injuries
A rotator cuff tear is a common injury to the group of muscles and tendons that form a “Cuff” over the upper arm bone or humerus. Signs of rotator cuff injury include pain in the front of the shoulder that spreads down the side of the arm during common activities that require you to raise your arms. Bothersome activities include reaching behind your back or grabbing an item from a high shelf. People who suffer from rotator cuff injuries also often exhibit pain when trying to sleep on the injured side. They also may have some weakness of the affected arm.
What Causes Rotator Cuff Tears?
You don’t have to have to an injury to experience a rotator cuff tear or injury. While rotator cuff tears can take place during an acute injury such as a fall down the stairs, while playing sports, or after a high energy injury like a car accident, rotator cuff tears can be caused by a gradual degeneration of the tendon overtime or from exhaustive use. A sharp and stabbing pain at the site of injury as well as a snapping sensation and weakness of the arm is often attributed to rotator cuff tears resulting from an acute injury.
Do Rotator Cuff Injuries Require Surgery?
If you are experiencing pain and discomfort in your shoulder, it may be a good time to book an appointment with an orthopedic shoulder specialist as early diagnosis and treatment can stop increasing pain, loss of strength in the shoulder and arm, as well as prevent the loss of motion in the joint from getting worse. Fortunately, some rotator cuff tears can be treated non-surgically with a combination of treatment, medication and shoulder rehabilitation.
Whether you need surgery to repair your rotator cuff injury is best decided after testing and consideration with your orthopedic shoulder surgeon. Most rotator cuff tears cannot completely heal on their own, though it is possible to restore good function through treatment and rehabilitation. If you have continued pain or weakness in the affected arm, or you are highly active, surgery is often recommended to achieve the most comprehensive recovery and restoration of movement to the shoulder after suffering a rotator cuff tear.
What Is Shoulder Arthritis?
Shoulder arthritis, like arthritis of the knee or hip, is damage to the cartilage surfaces of the ball and socket of the shoulder joint. The cartilage in a normal shoulder is smooth and helps the shoulder to move painlessly and without “friction”. When there is arthritis, the cartilage has worn away for any number of reasons and can cause “potholes” or defects on the surface of the shoulder joint. These can cause significant pain in the shoulder during physical activities like activities of daily living (cleaning, grooming, cooking, etc), sports, or work-related activities.
Arthritis of the shoulder can be mild, moderate, or severe. Often times is can be treated with nonoperative treatments such as physical therapy, activity modification, anti-inflammatories, and corticosteroid injections.
For those patients who still have pain and have their lifestyles limited by shoulder arthritis, shoulder replacement has a longstanding history of proven results and patient satisfaction.
What Is A Shoulder Replacement?
Shoulder joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged shoulder joint are removed and replaced with a smooth prosthesis, or artificial joint. The artificial joint is designed to move just like a normal, healthy joint and allows you to get back to enjoying normal, everyday activities without pain.
When non-invasive procedures fail to relieve discomfort and shoulder pain in a patient with severe arthritis, shoulder replacement surgery may provide the pain relief you long for and enable you to return to the activities you enjoy. If you do choose surgery, you’ll be in good company: More than 60,000 Americans have shoulder replacement surgery every year. The shoulder can be replaced in an anatomic fashion or with a reverse total shoulder replacement and typically relieves pain and restores joint function. The reverse shoulder replacement is well studied and documented to be able to treat previously untreatable conditions such as massive rotator cuff tears, severe proximal humerus fractures, and in revision situations. Dr. Allert routinely performs these surgeries and is fellowship trained in shoulder and elbow arthroscopy, arthroplasty, trauma.
Remember, even if your doctor recommends shoulder replacement for you to alleviate shoulder pain or restore function, it is still up to you to make the final decision. If you have already received a recommendation from your doctor, the team at Restoration Orthopaedics is happy to provide a second opinion to ensure that you are aware of all the options that are available to you to address your shoulder pain. The ultimate goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible with your choice — and that always means making the best decision based on your own individual needs.
When Should I Consider a Total Shoulder Replacement?
The best recommendation for your treatment can only be decided by you and your doctor. Whether or not you need surgery is a very personal decision that only you can make with the help of an orthopedic specialist’s evaluation of your pain and its effects on your daily life. For example, experiencing shoulder pain day after day without relief can lead to “staying off” the joint — which often weakens the muscles around it, so it becomes even more difficult to move.
Get Back To The Activities You Love With the Help Of Orthopaedic Shoulder Specialists at Restoration Orthopaedics
When treating any injury, your team of doctors and specialists play a vital role in devising the treatment and methods to get you back to living a normal, pain-free life. The patients at Restoration Orthopaedics choose our shoulder specialists in New Jersey because of our commitment to providing a comprehensive treatment from start to finish. We support our patients from the initial injury and diagnosis, through surgery and treatment options and all the way beyond treatment and rehabilitation.
Trust the team at Restoration Orthopaedics to get you started on the path to recovery and back to the activities that you love.
Don’t let your shoulder injury or rotator cuff tear hold you any longer. Contact us to learn more about Restoration Orthopaedics and treatment options for your shoulder injury and find out why are patients rank us among the top shoulder specialists in New Jersey and throughout the Tri-State area.
About Restoration Orthopaedics
Restoration Orthopaedics is a leading orthopaedic surgery practice in Northern New Jersey, committed to achieving exceptional outcomes through continued research and specialty expertise, and to returning our patients to the activities they love as quickly and painlessly as possible. The surgeons at Restoration Orthopaedics are each fellowship-trained in orthopaedic specialties to provide care for a range of conditions, from sports medicine injuries and arthritis, to trauma surgery, ACL reconstruction, advanced shoulder and knee arthroscopy, and knee, shoulder, and hip replacements. The practice offers a complete spectrum of orthopaedic care to patients throughout Bergen, Essex, Passaic and Morris Counties as well as the New York Metropolitan Area. The physicians of Restoration Orthopaedics are on staff at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, HackensackUMC at Mountainside in Montclair, New Jersey, and Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Outpatient surgical procedures are also performed onsite in a state-of-the-art Same Day Surgery Center. Restoration Orthopaedics has offices located in Maywood, New Jersey and Wayne, New