3 Important Reasons Why Shoulder Pain Needs to Be Addressed

Across the Triangle and Raleigh, Doctor Joe Wilson continues to grow his practice with gentle patient care that is combined with locally well-known dedication and commitment to overall health and wellness. Doctor Wilson offers his patients an array of experience and extensive background in Sports Medicine, and he understands the demands and desires of the Triangle’s active population.

A common concern for many active people in the Raleigh area is acute or chronic rotator cuff pain and it can be common among children and adults alike; Dr. Wilson wants to spread the word to everyone who is active this upcoming winter and holiday season that overusing the shoulder can create an array of problems. At first, many patients react with indifference and do not take any initial pain very seriously; they try to work it off or rest it over a period of days. Unfortunately, the pain most often never goes away.  

Let’s look at three important reasons why people often do not seek help at the onset of shoulder pain:

  • No definitive cause or reason: Most people are unable to recall exactly when, how, or why the pain began, so they’re less inclined to believe there could be a serious problem. However, many shoulder ailments can happen without a specific incident that triggers the trauma, and the pain slowly gets worse over a period of time.   
  • Self-diagnose: Simple muscle strains can look very similar to more serious injuries, making it difficult to adequately assess the damage. If shoulder pain is not extreme at first, many people tend to undermine the gravity of the problem. 
  • Self-treatment: People may feel they are doing all they can by taking Ibuprofen, icing the shoulder, and trying to rest it as much as possible. Indeed, these are good measures to take, but if pain persists despite these initial efforts, consultation with Dr. Wilson is advised. 

It is very important after an injury, even a seemingly minor one, to make an appointment with Dr. Joe Wilson of EmergeOrtho so it can be properly diagnosed. Severity and time are critical factors after the incident. It is important to seek medical advice quickly after it happens.

Shoulders are the most active part of the body and they are used in a multitude of human tasks. Taking care of them will provide a lifetime of service. Remember, in any situation, Dr. Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist, is ready to help. Call the office today and make your appointment!

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The Raleigh Shoulder Specialist Helps Chronic Instability

Many Triangle patients suffer from chronic shoulder instability. It is because the human shoulder is usually the most used part of the body. Over a period of time, and even in an instant, the shoulder can be stressed to the point of dislocation. Once a dislocation happens, it is vulnerable to repeated occurrences. The recurrence can often be seen in younger patients and athletes. In these instances, surgery might be a good choice for patients with chronic instability.

Doctor Joseph B. Wilson, the Triangle Shoulder Specialist in Raleigh and across N.C., treats many cases of chronic shoulder instability successfully each year:

  • Shoulder dislocations: Traumatic injury or repetitive overhead motion of the arms in swimming, tennis, volleyball, and other action activities is common. Some jobs may also involve action movement. An initial dislocation can leave shoulder ligaments, tendons and muscles loose or torn, creating a vulnerability to repeated episodes. 
  • Current studies: Information shows that non-athletes who experience a shoulder dislocation and receive non-surgical treatment have a lower increase in risk of recurrence. Athletes treated non-surgically for a shoulder dislocation have aa higher risk of recurrence. 
  • Trauma: When trauma is suspected, surgery can be highly effective. In most cases, surgical patients have been able to return to full activity level with no limitations. 

 

The goal of all shoulder rehabilitation is to increase the strength of the rotator cuff muscles, thereby increasing the joint stability. A physical therapist will commonly prescribe exercises with resistance weights, rubber bands and cable to accomplish this end.

If there is a chronic shoulder issue, call Dr. Joe Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist in the Triangle. Doctor Wilson offers reliability, effectiveness, and experience with every patient treatment. With his proven medial experience and knowledge, he is able to provide expert care for every shoulder condition.

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The Arthroscopy Playbook with the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist

Rotator Cuff surgery in the Triangle and Raleigh has great benefits for patients who truly need it. Doctor Joe Wilson MD, the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist, always embraces the newest practices for his patients.  Over the years, shoulder surgery and rotator cuff repair have been traditionally done through a large shoulder incision. Today’s advanced techniques are more and more in use. This helps with both pain and recovery.

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is minimally invasive and is performed through the smallest of incisions, about one centimeter. The principal surgical tool, the arthroscope, is a tiny fiber-optic viewing instrument. It uses a tiny lens, a light, and a tiny video camera. The surgical procedure is reflected to a larger video screen. Dr. Wilson and his team can view the injury, and then repair and correct the issue.

Rotator Cuff causes are very common and can happen because of these four common situations:

  • Overuse
  • Repetitive use
  • Sports injuries
  • Degenerative muscle and tendons   

A normal quality of life is the goal of every surgery and Dr. Wilson works very hard at doing only what is necessary for the success of shoulder range of motion.

The benefits of Arthroscopy can include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Minimal trauma
  • Less pain
  • Quicker healing periods
  • Lower infection rates
  • Less scarring
  • Earlier mobilization
  • Outpatient day surgery

Dr. Joe Wilson and his team assess the patient’s overall condition through a complete medical history, physical examination, and X-rays as needed. Clarity and assessment really improve the chance for success. In Durham, Apex, Raleigh and the general Triangle region, Dr. Joe Wilson provides education,  experience, and knowledge to every operation. This background helps with the possibility of renewed range of shoulder motion, strength, and flexibility. Each and every recovery means a renewed quality of life. Call below for an appointment. 

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3 Ways to Prevent Shoulder Injuries with Fall Chores

As we head into fall across the Raleigh region, it’s time for Triangle residents to start preparing for the winter ahead. When it comes to doing fall chores, the last thing anyone needs is a new injury. To avoid a trip to the doctor, it’s crucial to prepare against shoulder injuries. It’s important to slow down during hard physical efforts and do chores carefully as we “winterize.” When we rush to get things done in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we are far more likely to suffer an unplanned strain or tear in the shoulder. Doctor Joe Wilson, Raleigh’s Shoulder Specialist, knows that a strain, trip, or fall can happen unexpectedly, and severely compromise the shoulder. It’s imperative to take precautions to avoid such accidents.

Dr. Joe Wilson of EmergeOrtho in the Triangle advises three ways to prevent shoulder injuries during the autumn season:

  • Yard work: Take time getting all items into storage. Start with the tools used less frequently. Don’t do it all in one day. Plan ahead and do it gradually, to reduce stress on the shoulders. Be particularly careful when coiling up the garden hoses. These tend to cause many trips and falls during fall clean up.
  • Painting: There can be lots of things around the house that need another coat of paint. However, also do this in small doses. Painting can be stressful on the shoulders and it’s best to do it in small spurts. Refrain from trying to knock it all out in one day.
  • Lifting overhead: When storing anything light or heavy, try not to lift too many items overhead in one day. Make sure to stretch before hand to loosen up. Like any other winterizing activity, take it in stride and ask for help. When lifting overhead, be careful to bend at the knees and use the lower body as much as possible. This will help to prevent shoulder strains or tears.

Remember to take every precaution possible when raking leaves, cleaning the garage, washing the car or painting outdoors. As we prepare for winter in the Triangle, it’s important to go slow and do everything carefully, in order to avoid an unwanted shoulder injury. However, if shoulder pain should occur, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Wilson, Raleigh and the Triangle’s Shoulder Specialist, at an office listed below.

Schedule a consultation immediately.

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4 Critical Tips that Help Prevent Golf Shoulder Injuries

Fall is just around the corner. With weather cooling off in the Triangle, it’s the perfect time to get out on the green and relax a bit. Golf may seem like a low-impact sport, but it can actually be quite taxing on the shoulder. Shoulder injuries are among the most common for golfers, regardless of their level of experience. A golfer can accidently hit the club too hard on the ground, or perhaps take a swing that clips a tree root or a rock. Acute injuries such as these can occur in the blink of an eye. This sharp impact can be detrimental for the shoulder. However, most golf injuries result from poor mechanics or overuse. Fortunately, all of these injuries can be avoided. Doctor Joe Wilson, Raleigh’s Shoulder Specialist, highlights the value in taking preventative measures.

As an expert in Orthopaedics, with specialized training in Sports Medicine, Dr. Joe Wilson gives golfers these 4 critical tips to help prevent shoulder injury:

  • Warm up slowly: Studies show that golfers who warm up for at least 10 minutes or more encounter far less injury incidence than those who skip the warm up. Take a little while to stretch the upper body and loosen muscles in the neck, back, shoulders, and wrists. Otherwise, poor flexibility and restricted range of motion increase stress on these joints, and pose a serious threat to the shoulder in particular. Take some practice swings and use the wedge for a while before jumping straight to the driver.
  • Utilize strength training and careful lifting: Golfers don’t need massive muscles to hit a drive. However, keeping up with daily strength exercises will increase club speed, and more importantly, strengthening muscles help protect them from injury. When lifting a golf bag, bend the knees and use the strength from your legs. Keep the back straight. Golfers who carry their own bags have more back and shoulder injuries, so use a cart if possible!
  • Try a professional golf lesson: Taking advice from a professional will help golfers develop proper technique for the backswing, downswing, ball-strike, and follow through. The golf swing involves several parts of the body, and swinging at full speed without much experience can cause acute injuries or pulled muscles. For that perfect swing, take some tips from a golf pro and then practice the mechanics.
  • Stay healthy, rest and rehydrate: Like all sports, it’s not good for the body to perform if feeling tired, weak, or sick. That only increases chances of injury. Be rested before golfing, and call it quits before the body is completely wiped out. With long hours spent in the Triangle sun, drinking plenty of water is crucial for golfers.

It can be easy to forget about taking these important steps, but they are imperative for maintaining good muscle health. Golf-related shoulder injuries are fairly common, but they can be preventable. Follow these guidelines to stay swinging on the green. If shoulder pain should arise, call an office listed below.

Dr. Joseph B. Wilson is Raleigh’s Shoulder Expert and he is here to help!

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Durham 919 220 5255               

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4 Swimming Tips from the Raleigh Shoulder Expert’s Playbook

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and summer is quickly drawing to a close. These are the last few weeks to beat the North Carolina heat at the neighborhood community pool, the beach, or Jordan Lake. With record high temperatures this season, swimming has been a favored activity for Triangle residents of all ages. Swimming may be relaxing and refreshing, but in truth, this activity works every part of the human body. It is important to take healthy and necessary precautions. We all know how easy it can be easy to overdo it and pull a muscle. Shoulder injuries can be very common for swimmers of any age.

Joseph B. Wilson MD, the Raleigh and the Triangle Shoulder Specialist, is an expert in both Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics. Many of his patients encounter overuse injuries in the shoulder while swimming. Most often, this shoulder pain can be completely avoidable. Therefore, it’s crucial to follow certain measures when jumping in and out of the pool.

Dr. Joe Wilson of EmergeOrtho suggests these four tips for swimming preparation from his Healthy Shoulder Playbook:

  • Only swim when healthy: Swimming can be quite stressful on the body, so it should be avoided when feeling tired, weak, or sore. If struggling with any aches, pain, fatigue, or sickness, do not go swimming. Otherwise, the body will be more susceptible to a muscle strain or tendon tear.
  • Take time for a proper warm up: Take at least 15 minutes to get the heart rate going before swimming laps. Walk around a little and do some jumping jacks. Don’t forget to adequately stretch the arms, legs, neck, and back. Remember that swimming utilizes every part of the body.
  • Focus on only one exercise concentration: Whether the focus is on the core, the arms, the shoulders, or the legs, try to concentrate on strengthening one area a little each day. With the repetitive movements in swimming, this focus will help reduce the risk of overuse injuries.
  • Drink plenty of water: It’s easy for swimmers to forget that they are sweating in the water. Swimming is a lot of work for the body, so it’s important to replenish our liquids. Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration and cramps, especially when swimming outside in the heat.

Swimming is not only fun, but it’s a fantastic way to stay in shape and tone the body. However, we must remember this exercise can be rather strenuous, especially on our shoulders. The four tips will help everyone in the Triangle enjoy all the benefits of swimming before pools are closed for the season. If shoulder pain presents itself, call one of the offices listed below to set up a consultation with Dr. Wilson, Raleigh’s Shoulder Expert.

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Durham 919 220 5255               

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5 Paths to Success for the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist

In North Carolina and across Raleigh and the Triangle, Dr. Joseph B. Wilson is known to be the “go-to” shoulder specialist. His strong character and extensive experience over the years make him unique in Orthopaedics and undoubtedly have earned him recognition as “Raleigh’s Shoulder Specialist”.  And the details surrounding his road to success may not be common knowledge for many prospective patients. It is important to note and explore how Dr. Wilson has attained the skills that helped him master the highest levels of medicine.

Dr. Joe Wilson’s unique background includes five important highlights:

  • Unique education: He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. After completing his Orthopaedic training at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC, he pursued subspecialty training in Sports Medicine and shoulder surgery. He also completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Competitive athlete: He himself was a star athlete: An Academic All American and Team Captain of the University of Virginia Lacrosse team, as well as a Gold Medal winning member of Team USA in Men’s World Lacrosse.
  • Experienced team physician: While in Chicago, Joe Wilson served as assistant team physician for both the Men and Women’s Division 1 basketball teams at DePaul University. He also filled this same position for the MLB Chicago White Sox and the NBA Chicago Bulls!
  • Successful military Service: Joe Wilson was a distinguished Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the aircraft carrier, the “USS Constellation,” as a key member of an F-18 Fighter Attack Squadron.
  • Specialized training in France: He was selected for a prestigious International Shoulder Fellowship at the Alps Surgery Institute in Annecy, France. With only 44 Fellows in the history of this Institute, he was one of very few Americans to complete the fellowship under Laurent Lafosse, one of the premier arthroscopic shoulder surgeons in the world.

Over the years, Dr. Wilson has been recognized with countless awards honoring his compassionate care and dedication. Patient reviews and testimonials will only solidify his depth of knowledge and experience. Many patients highlight their appreciation for his kindness, commitment, and warm and caring approach. For any and all shoulder needs, contact Dr. Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist at an office listed below.

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4 Crucial Reasons to Have Shoulder Surgery

In the Triangle and in Raleigh, we use our shoulders in everything we do. Think about that for a minute. We use our shoulders when we shower, change clothes, eat, drive, walk the dog, clean up, carry groceries, or reach for a soda. Our shoulders are even impacted when we sleep. It’s hard to think of an activity that does not involve the shoulders one way or another. This is why chronic shoulder problems can be extremely debilitating to our lifestyle in North Carolina. If shoulder pain has reached a point that it impacts our day to day life, then it’s time to look for a solution.

Dr. Joe Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Specialist, is an expert in arthroscopic surgery, which is a minimally invasive shoulder replacement surgery. This is a desirable option for many reasons. Patients appreciate that it can be done on an outpatient basis, meaning little to no hospital time. The procedure usually takes one to three hours, and many people are able to resume normal activities within the first two weeks. Total recovery time can take from three to six months, which is relatively fast for a reconstruction surgery. Physical therapy will be needed to regain the range of motion in the shoulder.

Dr. Wilson suggests four reasons why surgery could be the answer for many patients:

  • Limited movement: Patients experience limited movement in arm or shoulder, unable to utilize the joint’s full range of motion.
  • Loss of sleep: Patients struggle to sleep soundly at night due to shoulder pain or discomfort.
  • Medical test results: Patients have received medical test results that show arthritis or other chronic issues that may be impacting shoulder health.
  • Lack of any improvement: Patients have shoulder pain that does not improve with use of other remedies, such as ice, rest, medication, or physical therapy efforts.

If any of the above problems resonate, don’t hesitate to call one of our offices below to schedule a consultation. Remember, to restore shoulder function and mobility, Triangle residents need look no further than Dr. Joseph B. Wilson of EmergeOrtho.

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3 Ways to Prepare for an Appointment with Dr. Joe Wilson

Is shoulder pain compromising the quality of life here in the Triangle? It it time to discuss options for surgical and non-surgical treatment? Is there finally an interest for a  rehabilitation plan that is carefully customized to meet specific needs? Most importantly, looking for a caring, competent physician can be time consuming. With all of this in mind, it is time to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joseph B. Wilson, Raleigh and the Triangle’s Shoulder Specialist.

Every year, patients come from across North Carolina and the Triangle to meet with Dr. Joe Wilson, one of the top Orthopaedic surgeons in the Southeast. With a strong success rate, Dr. Wilson sees many patients who are referred from other doctors once there is a surgical evaluation for a shoulder injury. Patients may not always know what to bring to an appointment, but preparation will ensure a smoother assessment and greatly benefit the accuracy of the diagnosis.

Dr. Wilson encourages new patients to be prepared for the doctor appointment in the following three ways:

  • Identification information: Driver’s license or valid ID will be needed, as well as the patient’s insurance information. If there is a referral letter from another doctor, please bring that or have it sent to Dr. Wilson’s office before the appointment. Be prepared to discuss personal goals and expectations for the shoulder injury, because Dr. Wilson cares about each and every patient and will personalize his approach accordingly with each visit.
  • Details surrounding shoulder injury: How and when did pain first occur? Was the onset of pain acute or a gradual progression? Describe the pain– sharp, sore, grinding, pulling, or throbbing. Which movements or activities trigger pain? Is it problematic for sleep? What are symptoms? Redness or swelling? Any and all details that can be provided will be hugely helpful in the consultation.
  • Medical history (personal and family): Be sure to disclose any history of illnesses or diseases, whether it applies to the patient or a patient’s family member. Tell Dr. Wilson all possible health conditions. History of diabetes, arthritis, or cancer are particularly important, as are other shoulder issues and/or surgeries that may have occurred prior. Patients should bring or send copies of medical test results, X-Rays, MRI’s, and CT scans. Inform Dr. Wilson of all current medications, vitamins, supplements, and allergies, so he can rule out any complications and move forward with an individualized treatment plan.

Dr. Wilson and his staff at Emerge Ortho strive to provide the highest level of care for every patient. To help enable their team to do so, they ask new patients to try and provide necessary information for each of the three above categories. Don’t let shoulder pain dictate day to day life. Call an office listed below to start on the road to recovery.

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2 Yoga Poses that Help Minimize Tension in Shoulders

It can be easy to forget that humans use the shoulder in almost every activity we do. Now that it’s summer here in North Carolina, many Triangle residents are enjoying a wide variety of activities such as swimming, biking, tennis, golf, and the list goes on. However, working on the computer, driving, or even playing video games are also forward-moving activities that can lead shoulders to slouch. Whether it’s excessive overhead movements from sports or poor posture from stationary activities, we often compromise our shoulders, leaving them tight and difficult to move. Plus, when life gets stressful, many people tend to hold the most tension in their neck and shoulders. With all this in mind, it’s important that we learn how to take better care of our shoulders.

Dr. Joseph Wilson, the Triangle’s Shoulder Specialist, understands that shoulder tension can often lead to fatigue, muscle knots, and debilitating pain. Yoga is one method that can help minimize these shoulder issues, as it’s been proven to drastically improve balance and health for both body and mind. Not only will shoulder-opening yoga poses bring immediate relief to the tension, but increasing shoulder flexibility will lower the risk of injury and improve overall performance in everyday activities. As if these benefits weren’t enough already, yoga will increase our energy levels and boost our moods! What are we waiting for?

Dr. Wilson of EmergeOrtho shares two yoga poses that can help to minimize shoulder tension:

  • Cat-Cow Pose: Start on hands and knees with wrists directly under shoulders and knees directly under hips. Keep fingers extended, not in a fist. Place knees and shins hip-distance apart. On an inhale, drop belly towards mat, while lifting chin and chest up to gaze at ceiling. This is Cow pose. Then reverse the movement for Cat pose. On an exhale, draw the belly to the spine and round the back towards the ceiling. Releasing the crown of the head towards the floor, this pose should look like a cat stretching its back. Repeat 10-20 times, moving with the breaths.
  • Eagle Arms Pose: Stand with feet together. Soften the knees with a slight bend, and relax the spine. Extend arms straight out in front of body. Drop left arm under right arm, crossing at the elbows. Then, bending the elbows, raise criss-crossed forearms up in front of face, perpendicular to the floor. Hands face away from each other, but try to wrap arms even more like a pretzel so that the palms can be pressed together. (If too difficult, just press backs of the hands together instead.) Then, lift the elbows and reach fingertips toward the ceiling. Hold up for 30-60 seconds, and focus on breathing with a soft gaze. Gently unwind arms and repeat stretch on opposite side.

These poses are great for beginners, and they can easily be done at home. However, do not practice these if currently suffering chronic injury to shoulders, spine, or back. In this case, be sure to check with Dr. Wilson before practicing yoga. Remember to move slowly in and out of poses, and never strain beyond current ability level. If sharp pain presents in shoulders during yoga, stop immediately and rest. With persistent pain, call Dr. Joe Wilson as soon as possible at our offices listed below.

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