Three Simple Shoulder Exercises for Strength and Conditioning

Everyone in the Triangle enjoys activity. A walk in the park, a bike ride in the neighborhood, and a trip to the gym are all common activities from Durham to Apex to Raleigh. We live every single day through our choices and responsibilities. In many situations, especially on the weekends, we can sometimes overdo it. If we play informal sports or a short run, there is always an opportunity to get hurt when we least expect it. Sometimes injuries to our shoulders, ankles, backs and knees are just aggravating and relatively minor in nature.  In time, everything gets back to normal.

Injuries can often take their toll and challenge our quality of life. Activity like jogging, working in the gym, swimming, and playing outdoors can increase the chances for injuries that will involve the knowledge and skill of Doctor Joe Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Expert, here in the Triangle. According to anationinmotion.org, approximately 4.5 million patient visits occur each year in the United States related to shoulder pain, and rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common causes. Many injuries are serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, urgent care, or emergency room. Shoulder injuries often can happen with overhead motions and repetitive use. Simple chores like cutting the lawn, playing catch with the kids, shoveling snow, gardening and hanging drapes can create problems.

Doctor Wilson offers three simple exercises to strengthen shoulders:

Remember that Dr. Joe Wilson and his team can help patients with shoulder injuries and more. When you have an injury know that we can help. For everything shoulder in the Triangle, there is only one doctor to call; Doctor Joseph Wilson M.D. 

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Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

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Three Strategies to Prevent Falls This Holiday Season and Beyond

The cool and even cold weather season has arrived across the Triangle. With the cold come the holidays, a time of painful home injury statistics, as people spend more and more time inside. It is true that about 50% of accidental deaths within the home are from falls. The Raleigh Shoulder Specialist is Doctor Joseph B. Wilson, and he suggests that injuries from falling can include dislocated shoulders, rotator cuff tears and more. Many of these moments happen when least expected. It is all about a slip, a trip or a fall. Awareness and common sense can minimize injuries as we head into 2018.

Doorways, stairs, uneven surfaces, steps, and ramps can be hazards, especially for the elderly. Outside the home, wet and icy weather conditions are also causes of mishaps and busy emergency rooms at area hospitals.

After falling, many people deny they have been injured. Within a few hours, the pain can become hard to manage. Often, it is a shoulder ache, some stiffness or limited movement that forces the injured person to make a call to the doctor. This time of year, hospitals are busy places, and being injured during the holidays can be the most inconvenient time. A shoulder injury has to be seen by an experienced physician and a call to Dr. Joe Wilson, who is experienced in shoulder surgery with Emerge Ortho, is the right choice.  

Dr. Joe Wilson suggests the three ways to help prevent a shoulder injury during the holidays and into 2018:

  • Watch out for electrical cords that lay on the floor from Christmas Trees and holiday window and table decoration. These cords are very easy to trip on and safety precautions must be taken.  
  • Non-skid mats for the kitchen and bathroom are essential during the winter season. Bathroom accidents can happen at any time. A non-skid bathroom mat on both the floor and in the shower, helps to prevent accidents. The kitchen is one of the highest traffic areas and non-skid rugs can save many trips and falls. 
  • The Triangle community loves to spoil our dogs, kids and grandkids and we let them play all over the house; yet it is important to help them understand that putting away toys, balls, and other play things and keeping the floor clear are important. 

If after a spill or fall, shoulder pain persists, please give Dr. Joe Wilson, the Triangle Shoulder Expert, a call. Dr. Wilson has years of experience in successfully treating all shoulder injuries. Patients are always glad when they make that call to EmergeOrtho and Doctor Joe.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone!

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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952 

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‘Tis the Holiday Season for Triangle Shoulder Injuries

The Holiday Season is finally here across the Triangle! It certainly is the season filled with joy and peace. And it does not hurt the region to note the tranquil forecast in late December. It is also the time of year when shoulder injuries can be on the increase. Winter sports like football, basketball, volleyball, skating and skiing play a role. Common injuries can happen.

There are also holiday accidents that can happen only during this season like tripping on a little ice patch in the early morning or straining to get the Christmas Tree into the house and up on the stand. Even the fun task of hanging holiday lights on the door and eaves of the house can be a little dangerous to the shoulder and its movement. Not to mention the chance of falling off the ladder like Chevy Chase in Christmas Vacation. Shoulder dislocations can happen when we least expect it. Tis the season to watch your shoulder! Shoulder dislocations are more common than many people think this time of year and they always happen at the wrong time. Dislocations are often very painful as the shoulder is displaced from the socket.

Please note that virtually every shoulder dislocation should be considered a concern regardless of the perceived seriousness of the injury. Shoulders often need immediate attention and a visit to the local emergency room. The shoulder can be assessed by medical professionals, so the situation can be understood and the patient can be directed to a slow return to normal strength and activity.

In the more severe cases, surgical treatment and arthroscopic repair are now more and more common place. Doctor Joe Wilson MD is the Triangle and Raleigh Shoulder Specialist and his primary focus is on treating each individual as each situation evolves.

Although there are common shoulder injuries, Dr. Wilson’s experience in trauma and shoulder pain means a good experience for every patient in the Triangle.

If the injury involves serious pain, Joseph B. Wilson MD can help.

Call our offices listed below in non- emergency situations and always consult a medical professional in the cases of immediate need.

To all of our patients and friends, we wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season!

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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952

 

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Six Important Reasons Why Shoulder Surgery Can Be a Positive Experience

As the Triangle heads more deeply into the holiday season, there are a lot of people suffering with shoulder pain. And many of them simply ignore it and hope it goes away. Those individuals who blow and rake leaves, wash the car, maybe even pull the artificial tree from the attic, can easily get injured. It is the kind of shoulder pain that affects normal activities and the quality of life.

Making the decision to see Dr. Joe Wilson, the Raleigh Shoulder Expert is never easy. It might seem like a tough choice to make. Yet, it is important to listen to the body; when something hurts and it does not go away, calling the shoulder specialist makes sense.

It is important to get back to normalcy. If the shoulder needs surgery, the repair can help reduce or virtually eliminate the pain and allow the regaining of motion until physical activity gets back to normal.

There is no need to wait and be challenged with pain and limited motion. Simply click on Dr. Joe Wilson’s Office  for additional information or call the phone numbers below to start the process.

Dr. Wilson offers six important reasons why shoulder surgery is a positive experience as we head into 2018:

  • The surgery is often done on an outpatient basis.
  • Most patients return to normalcy and regular activity within weeks.
  • Many patients see a complete recovery within months of surgery.
  • Rehabilitation is critical and truly helps with recovery.
  • Physical therapy programs can often be done in the privacy of the home.
  • Proper exercise is essential and simple to do.

Although rest, heat and medication can often resolve minor shoulder problems, if surgery is recommended, Doctor Joe Wilson’s experience is essential. The Raleigh Shoulder Expert offers a full range of treatment options and he and his team will guide you through the process to recovery.

Call the numbers below today!

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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952

 

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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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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255

Apex 919 363 1952

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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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Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952

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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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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952

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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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Dr. Joseph B. Wilson MD

Raleigh 919 788 8798

Durham 919 220 5255               

Apex 919 363 1952

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