What Everyone Needs to Know about Pregnancy

Written By: Angie Mohamed, PTA

Hip pain is a common ailment that many women feel during pregnancy. There are many different causes to hip pain and more so, treatments that our office can use to help address and relieve your symptoms, including chiropractic care, physical therapy and acupuncture.

During pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin that allows connective tissues, the tough bands of tissues that connect joints, to relax and soften. As a result of nature’s way of preparing you for labor and delivery, the joints and ligaments in your pelvis will loosen and quite possibly move unevenly. This ligament softening, along with changes in posture and a heavier uterus all may contribute to the pain you may feel in your hip and groin.

Increased pressure on the sciatic nerve is another possible cause of hip pain. These two nerves branch from either side of your low back down to your feet. When there is increased pressure on the nerves, you may feel pain, numbness and/or tingling in the buttocks, hips, or thighs.

Round ligament pain is another common issue that may contribute to hip pain during pregnancy. Sharp pains in the abdomen, hip and groin area are characteristic of round ligament pain.

With any of these conditions you may feel pain in the following areas:

  • in your lower back
  • in your symphysis pubis joint
  • in your sacroiliac joints
  • in your groin
  • at the front and the back of your thigh
  • at the back of your lower leg
  • around your hips
  • in your pelvic floor

How we can help you in our offices:

Our physical therapists can help address what condition you may be suffering from and help guide you with exercises that will help you strengthen your abdominal muscles and low back, teach you proper ways to transfer from different positions, posture and body mechanics training and soft tissue mobilizations. Along with our physical therapists, our chiropractors can help manipulate joints that may be stiff or not moving properly in your back, hip and pelvis. Lastly, our licensed acupuncturist can provide treatment to help alleviate pain and discomfort that is safe for pregnancy.

Parenthood is hard enough without being uncomfortable during your pregnancy. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation is conveniently located in Shrewsbury and Wall Township, NJ and is proud to serve the wellness needs of women before, during and after pregnancy. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort fill out the form on this page or call us at 732-345-1377 – mention this blog to receive a FREE consultation ($245 value).

Don’t Let Pain keep you from making Par

Written by: Nicole Yarbenet, DC

Do you notice pain in your elbow while swinging a golf club? Does this pain prevent you from driving the golf ball as far as the pro’s do? If so, you may be suffering from Golfer’s elbow, otherwise known as Medial Epicondylitis. This frustrating and treatable condition is common among golfers.

Golfer’s elbow is an irritation on the inside of the elbow. It is often associated with an overhand throw, a golf swing, or use of a hammer. Sometimes this condition begins with an acute sprain or strain from the forearm muscles being overworked. Symptoms include pain on the inside of the elbow when lifting the wrist or hand, pain when twisting the forearm, or when making a fist. The area may be slightly swollen or tender to the touch. If the problem is chronic, additional symptoms can include stiffness in the elbow or weakness in the hands or wrist.

Golfer’s elbow can be slow to heal, but don’t get discouraged; conservative treatment can give excellent results! During the initial presentation, it’s important to rest until the pain subsides. You can always place an ice pack over the painful area for 15-20 minutes several times a day. Make sure your skin has completely warmed up before using ice again. Early chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy are highly recommended to restore motion in the wrist, elbow, and shoulder to speed up recovery. Massage therapy of the forearm which includes myofascial release, trigger point therapy and friction massage will assist in relaxing the forearm musculature and breaking up scar tissue that has formed. Ultrasound therapy and laser therapy are other forms of treatment that can be beneficial in reducing pain and inflammation.

When it’s time for you to return to play, it’s important to stretch your forearm muscles to prevent re-injury! Simple stretches such as wrist flexion and extension will help loosen the muscles. Your chiropractor or physical therapist can always recommend an elbow brace or kinesiology tape to wear while playing golf. Just remember, golfers elbow will not heal if it’s not allowed to rest!

If you are suffering from a gym or other sports injury and are looking to find relief, don’t hesitate – Call Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a consultation and exam.  Feel free to fill out a form on our website. If you are looking for faster service, give us a call at 732-345-1377.

Below are some simple exercises to help strengthen and stretch those muscles.

Gentle wrist flexion and wrist extension, start with 1lb and increase the weight when it becomes easy!

Hold 10 seconds then release! Repeat 3 times.

**You can use a soup can at home!

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The Truth About Whiplash

Written by: Nichole Chaviano, PT, DPT

Driver Suffering From Whiplash After Traffic Collision

Over a million people are diagnosed with whiplash each year in the USA alone. Whiplash is caused by a quick jerking motion of the head and symptoms can include an achy neck and shoulder muscles, stiffness through your joints, headaches and even numbness and tingling down the arms. When your body is hit either through the contact with another body such as in a sporting event or with the seat in a car crash your torso gets thrown forward as your neck gets thrown backwards then forward very quickly. In severe cases spinal nerves and joints can be damaged but most likely the injury occurs to the ligaments, muscles and tendons. In some cases, concussion also known as mild traumatic brain injury can occur. When not treated properly symptoms and chronic pain can persist with up to 50% of whiplash victims never making a full recovery.
When the accident appears severe immediate medical attention is usually provided, but in other cases symptoms can take days to weeks to manifest which is when you should seek medical care. X-rays should always be taken to rule out fractures or dislocations of the vertebrae or facet joints. With more severe cases an MRI or CT scan of the neck and head may be needed to better diagnose potentially torn ligaments, spinal cord damage or herniated discs and rule out fatal instability.
When medically cleared it is important to start treatment with Physical Therapy or Chiropractic care to improve symptoms as quickly as possible. A patient’s prognosis significantly improves when they are able to safely keep their necks moving through stretching and mobilization. With an individualized plan of care patients work through strengthening exercises to reduce risk of re-injury. A passive treatment that may be incorporated is infrared light therapy; known to decrease pain and speed up the healing of injuries by improving circulation.
Associated treatments are available including Massage Therapy which works to reduce muscle spasm, combat inflammation and promote relaxation; and Acupuncture, working to reduce pain and inflammation by inserting very thin needles into specific energy points to stimulate healing by releasing endorphins and serotonin.
If you have experienced a whip lash injury the practitioners at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation can help. Our facility has on staff Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists. Our team works collaboratively to create a customized treatment plan for each patient designed to help you recover from your injury. Fill out the form on this page or call 732-345-1377 and mention this blog to receive a FREE consultation ($245 value).

What to Do If You Feel Pain During Your Workout at The Gym

Written by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

Gym injuries happen.

They can be sudden, happen un-expectantly and quickly.  In the middle of your dead lift workout you reach down to pick up that barbell and pain in your back stops you in your tracks instead.

They can develop over time. You have been training for a marathon and now there is a pain in the arch of your foot with each step, running or walking.

Does this mean you stop lifting weights or give up on that dream of running a marathon?  No, of course not.  But it does mean that it’s time to treat your injuries and bring your body back to a healthy state.  It can also be time to start a regular routine of care that could help you avoid future injuries.

Consulting a doctor for treatment in regards to your gym injury is a great option.  Our doctors are experts at treating the spine, of course, but they are also highly trained in many other musculoskeletal problems. They are skilled at treating both an injury to get the body back to a healthy state, as well as, focusing on the body’s overall structure and balance.

We use safe and effective methods that promote they body’s own natural healing process.  Treatments include rehabilitation of the spine.  However, they can also include rehabilitation of the extremities and joints increasing range of motion and promoting healing at the site of injuries.

Some examples of gym injuries include:

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injury
  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Injury
  • Neck Injury
  • Back / Disc Injury
  • Plantar Fascitis

If you feel pain, you should seek treatment for any injury as soon as possible.  Getting the proper diagnosis and treatment from the earliest onset of the injury has been known to increase the healing process, getting you back to the gym to train.

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation our highly trained providers will use a consultation and exam for the diagnosis process.  Depending on the type of injury and severity, additional tests may be needed.  For example, an MRI or x-rays may be used to confirm a diagnosis for proper treatment.

Once a diagnosis is confirmed a treatment plan is created. It may include chiropractic care, physical therapy, deep-tissue massage, acupuncture, laser treatment or interventional pain management.

The goal is always the same.  Getting you out of pain and healthy enough to get back to the gym.  We want you enjoying your workout routine, whatever it is.

If you are suffering from a gym or other sports injury and are looking to find relief, don’t hesitate – Call Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation for a consultation and exam.  Feel free to fill out a form submission on our website. If you are looking for faster service, give us a call at 732-345-1377. Just tell them that you read this article and you will receive our complimentary in-office evaluation (a $145 value). 

The 2 Most Important Factors In Avoiding Neck Pain

neck painWritten by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

Neck pain can be a big PAIN IN THE NECK. The statistics show that approximately 80% of the population will experience either acute or chronic pain. Everyday people wake up each day with a neck that is tight, stiff, in spasm or in serious pain. Neck pain aka cervicalgia (pain in the cervical spine or neck) affects a great deal of the movements of our head and neck. Cervcialgia can result from muscles in spasm, bulging or herniated disc, infection, arthritis, spinal stenosis, pinched nerve or whiplash. The cervical spine contains an intricate network of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels. These structures all work together to allow movement of our head. The cervical spine is more susceptible to injury due to the fact that it so freely movable unlike our thoracic or lumbar spine. Our everyday lives involve constant movement of the cervical spine such as driving, playing sports, performing chores, etc.

A neck condition can cause:

  • Dull Ache, sharp, throbbing or stabbing pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tightness
  • Numbness & tingling in the arm, hands or fingers

Because of the intricacies involved with the nerves and blood vessels of the head and neck, a cervical spine condition can refer to pain in any part of the head or face.

There are two key components to avoid a problem in the cervical spine. 1. Proper spinal alignments or posture. 2. Normal range of motion of the head and neck. If the bones of cervical spine are lined up properly then this means that there is minimal, if any stress or strain on the muscles and nerves of the neck. Additionally, the loading by the head on the spinal discs is symmetrical. Symmetry of the structures of the head and neck are an essential part of healthy function. The better aligned one’s posture is, the more stable and less susceptible to injury they are. Secondarily, allowing the muscles and tendons to function without restriction in their full elastic range maintains the exchange of water and nutrients through them. The normal range of motion of these structures keeps them in tip-top shape to vastly aid in preventing injury.

Injuries to the cervical spine can be as simple as falling asleep in an awkward position for your head and neck on your coach or can be as extreme as a whiplash injury during an automobile accident. Whiplash is a severe situation occurring during a traumatic event where the head snaps back and fourth violently causing damage to the spinal discs, muscles, tendons and joints.

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation we see a great deal of cases involving injury to the cervical spine. Regardless of the mechanism of injury, our primary focus is getting that individual out of pain as quickly as possible. Once the pain is nearly gone, our focus shifts to rehabilitation as the patient’s care plan. This will include restoring normal spinal bio-mechanics and function. Treatment will consist of but not be limited to:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Laser Therapy
  • Non-surgical Spinal Decompression
  • Spinal Traction
  • Massage
  • Spinal Injections

When considering a remedy for Neck Pain, Monmouth Plains Pain & Rehabilitation should be your first stop. Our facility comes highly recommended by numerous physicians in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation today. If you are looking for faster service, give us a call at 732-345-1377. Just tell them that you read this article and you will receive our complimentary in-office evaluation (a $245 value). 

How to Get Rid of Sciatica this Summer

Summer time comes once a year and it is an exciting time where many plans are made such as tending to the garden, visiting your local pool club, and hitting the highways for that family vacation.  You’ve packed your bags, filled the gas tank, programmed google maps with your favorite destination, but an unexpected event takes place hours into the trip; sciatica pain.  Although unexpected, understanding what sciatica is, the symptoms, and the various treatment options available to you at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation doesn’t have to be unexpected.

 

 

What is sciatica?

Pain that radiates from your lower (lumbar) spine to your buttock and down the back of your leg; which is commonly seen as the hallmark of sciatica. A person can feel discomfort anywhere along this path, but most typically from your low back to your buttock.

What are the symptoms?

Sciatica varies from person to person so can the symptoms. The various symptomatic occurrences can range from a mild ache to a sharp ache, excruciating pain or a burning sensation.  Some patients have described sciatica as feeling like a jolt or electric shock. Usually one side of the body is affected and is aggravated by prolonged sitting.  Others have experience numbness, tingling or muscle weakness in the affected areas such as leg or foot.

What are the some causes?

Most commonly, sciatica occurs when this nerve has become pinched.  The most common causes for this pinched nerve are either by herniated disk in your spine or by an overgrowth of bone (bone spur) on your vertebrae. More rarely, this nerve can be compressed by a tumor or damaged by a disease such as diabetes.

What are the risk factors?

Age: issues such as herniated disks or bone spurs do occur with the aging process

Obesity: by increasing your weight one can add additional stress to the spine as well as spinal changes

Your occupation: although not scientifically proven, if your job requires lifting, twisting or prolonged periods at your desk this could aggravate the nerve

Diabetes: nerve damages can be increased due to the way your body uses blood sugar

We have identified the symptoms, causes, and risk factors now onto the treatment options available to you through Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. We are a one stop facility with several modalities available allowing us to can tailor your care and reach your treatment goals effectively and efficiently.  Here are the options we can provide by our certified compassionate team of providers:

Chiropractic: Through manual manipulation of the spine and the treatment of the surrounding structures as well as the lumbar herniated disc, our chiropractic doctors have had great success with treating this condition.  Through mobilization and stretching of the muscles and joints, an increase in range of motion in the affected area can be achieved and maintained.

Physical therapy: Our team of physical therapists along with their assistants will focus on 3 key areas in dealing with sciatica: strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning.

Strengthening: A focus on exercises that will strengthen the muscles, ligaments, and tendons supporting the spinal column.  Often times people think that the spinal column is the only area to focus attention on; but the abdominals, buttocks, and hip muscles are important as well to support the weight of the body as well as improve posture.

Stretching: This can alleviate pain and reduce the risk of future issues and injuries by reducing tension on the nerve.

Aerobic conditioning: This encourages the exchange of fluid and nutrients to promote a healing environment. Exercises such as walking, swimming, biking, low grade pilates, tai chi and yoga all release endorphins that can ease sciatica pain.

Acupuncture:  Our acupuncturist, Nicole, has found great success with the use of traditional Chinese medicine through the following mechanisms:

  • Stimulation of nerves that release endorphins which changes the process of pain
  • The reduction of inflammation
  • Increasing local microcirculation improving muscle stiffness by dispersing swelling
  • Promoting regeneration of the sciatica nerve

As you now are aware, prolonged sitting isn’t the only cause for this condition.  The practitioners at MPR in Wall Township and Shrewsbury, NJ are here to make an accurate diagnosis and customized treatment plan to return you to normalcy as quickly as possible.

Whether taking that scenic ride, dipping in that town pool, or tending to your herbal garden we are only a phone call away! Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call us at 732-345-1377. Let us know you read our blog and you will receive a FREE consultation (a $245 value). 

Suffering from Arthritis? Spice up your Life!

herbsWe often have herbs within arm’s reach from our cooking station, to add flavor to a family meal, romantic meal, or a healthy meal.  It can change an ordinary chicken dish into a work of art from its flavor to its visual, tantalizing appearance.  So how do herbs tie into our mission at MPR?  Well, we do have some culinary hobbyists onboard, but for the purpose of this document, let’s focus on its medicinal purposes.  So stock up on those planters, dirt, watering cans, and herb seeds and let’s get the garden started.  Of course, be sure to research eco-friendly deer deterrent options, I’d hate to see all your hard work gobbled up at dusk!

Before we get started on the top herbs for alleviating arthritic pain, let’s take a look at some arthritic symptoms, as they relate to the knee.  It’s important to be sure that your symptoms fall within the area so we can accurately partner up the symptom with herbal treatment options.

Symptoms associated with arthritic pain:

  • Gradual increase in pain: can develop suddenly, but it is usally a gradual occurrence
  • Swelling or tenderness: this can be due to extra fluid in the knee or from bone spurs
  • Buckling or locking: overall weakness can cause this to happen to the joint
  • Cracking or popping sounds: a result of loss of cartilage
  • Deformities of the knee: general change in the appearance of the knee

Now that we have identified some of the symptoms, let’s get to the informative part; holistic use of herbs.  Many of these herbs may be familiar to you, however, some of their uses may come as a surprise.

Aloe Vera: This healing gel can be applied to achy joints.

Boswellia:  Also known as frankincense, this alternative medicine works to block leukotrienes which are also known to attack healthy joints.

Cat’s claw: Used to help reduce swelling in arthritis.  The downside is that it can overstimulate the immune system and make arthritic pain worse.

Eucalyptus:  The leaves can be used to treat pain.

Ginger: Often used to soothe the digestive track, this compound has some healing qualities too.

Green Tea:  This herb treats inflammation and can be taken in either beverage or tablet format.

Thunder God Vine:  This herb can be applied directly on the skin and can help with rheumatoid arthritis.

Turmeric: Not only known for it’s vibrant color but also for its ant-inflammatory properties.

Keep in mind, that although holistic, these herbs can have serious side effects so be sure to do additional research.  Who knew a herb could be so healing? Well now you do! In closing, when treating arthritic pain whether in your knees, fingers, shoulders, etc. it is important to keep in mind that herbal supplements are best used to compliment a medically supervised arthritis treatment program.

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we are a multi-disciplinary facility with a comprehensive Arthritis Treatment Program. Our practices are conveniently located in Red Bank and Wall Township, NJ and come highly recommended by physicians across Monmouth and Ocean County. Fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 732-345-1377. Let us know you read our blog and you will receive a FREE consultation (a $245 value). 

The Single Most Important Treatment Option To Consider If Your Hands and Fingers Get Numb and Tingly

Written by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

If you’re experiencing tingling and numbness in your hands, fingers and wrists — pain so intense that it wakes you up at night — and similar symptoms in the upper arm, elbow, shoulder or neck, you most likely have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS).

Today, millions of people suffer from CTS. The disease is so common that it is often called an occupational disease.  It is most common among people performing jobs that require repetitive tasks such as typing, chopping, working on assembly lines, etc. However, CTS may also be caused by a fracture or fall on the hand, rheumatoid orosteoartritis, Paget’s bone disease, multiple myeloma, acromegaly and gout.  It is also common in pregnant women, women taking birth control pills, and people with under-active thyroids.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common reported medical problem in the workplace. There are several approaches to treat CTS:

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can cause pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in the lower half of the forearm, wrist, hand and fingers.

  • Do nothing and hope that it will go away
  • Use anti-inflammatory medication and hand splints
  • Surgery
  • Non-invasive treatment consisting of Chiropractic, Physical Therapy & Laser Treatment

The single most safe, healthy and effective approach to treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is treatment consisting of chiropractic, physical therapy and laser treatment.  Doing nothing and hoping it will go away can only increase the chances for further injury or damage. Anti-inflammatory medications only mask the problem.  Hand splints will stabilize the wrist, but will also weaken the muscles, causing a dependence on the brace.  While surgery may be effective, it may also cause irreversible damage.  Therefore, the most effective treatments are non-invasive therapies. Such treatments are available at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation. Make these treatments your first choice in overcoming CTS before possibly causing further damage with the other methods.

CTS in my experience is often caused by subluxated (or bone out of place) vertebra irritating a nerve root in your neck. If this is the case, what you think are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome signs and symptoms may not be from your wrist at all. A Doctor of Chiropractic is an expert in diagnosing these cases and could be essential in your diagnosis and treatment.  The proper diagnosis may aid in preventing unnecessary surgeries.

A doctor of chiropractic can assure that your spinal column is free from nerve pressure between the arms and wrists and the nerves in the neck.  Nerve compression in the neck can block the flow of nutrients to the nerves in the wrist, contributing to CTS and making it more susceptible to injury. A chiropractor can also adjust the bones in your wrist to help relieve the pressure on the median nerve and aid in recovery. Your chiropractor can also show you ways to avoid repetitive motion and improve posture so the condition may be prevented in the future.

The physical therapy team at Monmouth Pain has the necessary skill set and tools available to treat the hand and wrist if you are experiencing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Class IV laser therapy has been shown to decrease inflammation in the wrist and allow the tendons and nerves to pass through without any irritation. It does this by vastly increasing the blood flow to this area and promote energy within the cells of the carpal tunnel increasing healing capabilities. Laser treatments combined with manual stretching, exercise and mobilization has helped a great deal of our patients suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Remember if you are experiencing CTS-like symptoms don’t suffer hoping the pain will go away.  Opt for the safest and most effective treatments over other options that may only increase your injury or mask the probem.

When considering a remedy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation should be your first stop. Our physicians come highly recommended by numerous physicians in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Feel free to contact us for a FREE in office consultation. If you are looking for faster service, give us a call at 732-345-1377. Just tell them that you read this article and you will receive our complimentary in-office evaluation (a $145 value). 

Supercharge your 4th of July Weekend with MPR!

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MPR is thrilled to sponsor the Wall Fair at the Wall Municipal Complex

June 30th through July 3rd

As a service provider in Wall Township, we are thrilled to sponsor such a wonderful event where our patients, colleagues, and friends all come together in celebration of the area we call home.  At our booth we will be sharing information about our services, an opportunity to meet our staff and most importantly FREE massages by our licensed massage therapists. Our booth is only one piece of this massive event, so let us share what else the fair has in store for you!

Thursday, June 30th
DJ – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Little Miss Wall – 6:00pm-6:45pm
DJ – 6:45pm-7:15pm
WALL IDOL – 7:15pm-9:00pm

Friday, July 1st
DJ – 5:00pm-5:30pm
Wall Intermediate School Jazz Ensemble – 5:30pm – 6:15pm
DJ – 6:45pm-7:00pm
MMDA Rock Shop Band – 7:15pm – 8:15pm
MMDA Vocal Stars – 8:15pm – 9:15pm
MMDA Jazz House Band – 9:15pm – 9:45pm
DJ – 9:15pm-closing

Saturday, July 2nd
DJ – 5:00pm-6:30pm
“B Street” Band – 6:30pm-10:30pm

Sunday, July 3rd
DJ – 5:00pm-6:00pm
Emergency Services Pizza “Pie” Eating Contest- 6:00pm-6:30pm
Eddie Testa Band – 6:30pm-9:20pm
National Anthem & Fireworks – 9:25pm

As you can see this weekend will be full of music, food, games and rides along with contests that you don’t want to miss out on.  We wanted to highlight some of the activities our staff is excited to see. On Thursday, there will be the Little Miss Wall Pageant and an opportunity to become the next Wall Idol. On Friday you can show your support to the arts and enjoy the musical variety of the Manasquan Music and Dance Academy as they showcase their talents with their Rock Shop Band, Vocal Stars and the Jazz House Band.

Any Bruce fans out there?  Although not scheduled to perform, the fair has the next best thing; The B- Street Band who will be performing on Saturday night. If you are a local, you know that there is always a chance that Bruce will make an appearance.  If Bruce’s genre of music is not your thing, no worries just enjoy some rhythm, soul and rock with the Eddie Testa Band!!!

After dancing and moving those feet you may have worked up an appetite to take part in the Pizza Pie eating contest!! Speaking of food, the fair certainly has that covered too.  Here’s a list sure to delight your taste buds.

Chimney Cake FactoryCheezenHouse of CupcakesDogs Gone Wild, Scrumptious Concessions, Falafull, Nok’s Thai, Kona IcePeaches & Cream, John & Debbie O’s, Johnny’s PorkrollEmpanada GuyStar of the Sea SeafoodShore Shake, Ivy League, Dominick’s Pizza, and Timmie Mack.

At MPR we wouldn’t miss an event like this and will be there from set up to breakdown. Be sure to stop by and meet our Chiropractors, Massage Therapists, Community Outreach team and get a free massage! See what we can do to help you be the healthiest version of you! If you can’t make it out to see us, no worries, stop by our office at 1985 Highway 43 Unit 6A in Wall or call us at 732-345-1377.  Be sure to also visit us on social media as we will be posting some pictures throughout this event!

FB: Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation

Instagram: monmouthpain

Twitter: @MonmouthPain

Hopefully, the list of events, the food vendors and the free massage will all be enough for you to grab the family, your friends, etc. As if all that we have shared wasn’t enough, let’s end this event with a bang….Sunday evening fireworks!!!

Sunny with a Forecast of Knee Pain

knee pain blogMany of us will start the day exploring a weather app, listening to the radio, or watching the news to gather our analysis of the weather for the day.  Once we have obtained this information, we then will tailor our outfits to coincide with the forecast.  Will we need an umbrella, a light jacket, etc.?  The before mentioned scenario is really for those without chronic knee pain. If you were to poll anyone with chronic knee pain they would share that their joints are the single indicator of their weather forecast for the day. In this article, we’d like to assist those who experience chronic knee pain and explore some of the causes of this pain as well as the contributing environmental factors.  In essense, what you can do to take control and “beat the heat” to avoid chronic pain.

Most of us are aware of the general causes of knee pain with these various medical conditions or situational traumas:

  • osteoarthritis
  • tendinitis
  • bursitis
  • chondromalacia patella
  • gout
  • Baker’s cyst
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • dislocation
  • meniscustear
  • tornligament
  • bonetumors

Now that the summer’s rays are upon us, we will notice the temperatures, humidity, and barometric pressures changing; all playing a key role in chronic knee pain.  Let’s now look at 3 areas that can contribute to this situation and ways in which you as the patient can stay proactive with your condition. Denise Stern, freelance writer for www.livestrong.com, shares how barometric pressure, dehydration and temperature variations that can contribute to joint pain:

Barometric Pressure

Barometric pressure often causes levels of fluids in the body to fluctuate. According to The Weather Channel, many humans suffer from everything from headaches to joint pain when barometric pressure rises. Joint pain is caused by a triggering of neuroreceptors in nerve endings that are sensitive to such change, according to Dr. John Parenti of the Orthopedics Department of the Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Dehydration

Studies have determined a direct link between humidity and dehydration in the body. High humidity levels in the air thicken the blood, which increases pressure in the blood vessels and requires more effort by the heart to pump blood throughout the body. According to “Nutrition Info: Dangers of Chronic Dehydration,” written by Albert Grazia, M.S., N.D., dehydration causes joint pain because joint cartilage contains large amounts of water. Hot and humid environments cause excess sweating and loss of body fluid.

Temperature Variations

Temperature variations have long been believed to be a trigger for joint pain in many individuals with arthritis or other bone and joint injuries. The Rothman Institute of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital stated that changes in weather, such as warm and dry to damp and cold also triggered baroreceptors in joints that caused increased sensation of joint pain in individuals of all ages. Humid weather especially causes already sensitive or inflamed tissues to expand, increasing pain for arthritis sufferers.

Knowing how these elements affect many of our patients at MPR, the next step is to implement strategies to stay a step ahead of summer knee pain:

Stay indoors:  If the day is a hot one and it is avoidable, stay indoors.  If you do have to venture out, be sure to break up your day with some indoor downtime.

Adjust your air conditioning or invest in one: Keep your home cool and keep humidity down.

Eat and drink adequately:  Stay hydrated and try to avoid foods that are sugary in nature.

Dress appropriately: Wear loose clothing, light colors, and natural fibers.

Cooling elements:  Find anything that is cooling to you and your skin.  Whether it be ice or a cooling gel find what works for you.

We have identified what knee pain is, some common causes from an environmental perspective, as well as ways to alter your behavior to become proactive with the pain.  Of course given these strategies, pain may still be unavoidable. At MPR we have a comprehensive knee treatment program. We use x-ray analysis as well as video fluoroscopy which allows the doctor to pinpoint problem areas with extreme accuracy. A vis­cosupplement is then injected and the healing process begins. Viscosupple­mentaion bonds with naturally occur­ring joint fluid to create a lubricating and cushioning layer. It also reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling of the joint. Most patients compare the treatment to getting a shot at the doctor’s office and report little pain or discomfort. In addition to the viscosupplementaion treatment we utilize Class IV Laser therapy and rehabilitation. Laser Therapy uses near-infrared light to stimulate healing creating a decrease in inflammation and an increase in oxygenated blood flow. MPR is a multidisciplinary facility offering chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, physical therapy and weight loss to help you get you back to what you enjoy doing!  So grab that surfboard, tennis racquet, or golf club and be mindful of the summer elements and keep our number handy just in case (732) 345-1377. We have offices conveniently located in Red Bank and Wall Township.

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