Hips Don’t Lie…

Written by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

3d rendered, medically accurate 3d illustration of the painful hHip pain happens as a result of various conditions of the lower back or hip. Some of the more common reasons are arthritis, injury to the soft tissues or infection. In all of these situations, the origin can be the hip joint itself or spine. Pain arises due to inflammation and swelling of these structures.  Inflammation in the joints will stretch the capsule and cause pain and stiffness.

The hip joint is lined with cartilage. This cartilage gives us the ability to move our leg in all directions as well facilitate gliding of the joint without friction. The femoral head and the acetabulum are lined with articular cartilage that allows the bones to move within the joint with less friction. With overuse or increased loading on it, the hip joint can wear away and restrict mobility and function of the leg. Joint stability is maintained by a group of soft tissues that encapsulate the hip joint.

There are a great deal of muscles and tendons that surround the hip joint. Various soft tissue structures cross the hip joint and allow movement of the leg in virtually every direction. These structures are also involved in hip joint stability. Additionally, there are sacs filled with fluid known as bursa. These bursas allow the soft tissues to move smoothly over the bone structures of the hip and leg. Through chronic overuse and irritation these bursa can become inflamed and act as a source of pain in the hip.

Another frequent area of irritation is one of the many nerves that stem down from the lumbar spine and supply the muscles of the legs with innervation. These nerves can become compressed by a spinal disc or inflamed muscle, tendon or ligament. These areas of impingement can create a pain referral across the hip, groin and leg.

Whether the pain is affecting your ability to play with your kids on the floor, swing your golf club or is affecting your workouts at the gym do not ignore what your body is telling you. Your body (specifically your hips in this case) doesn’t lie! It’s warning you that there is a problem…listen to your body.

The practitioners of Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation are highly trained at arriving at the correct diagnosis of the origination of hip pain. With the proper diagnosis, treatment will be determined and carried out with correct pain relief and rehabilitative measures.

When considering a remedy for hip pain, Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation should be your first stop. Our practice comes highly recommended by numerous physicians throughout Monmouth and Ocean County. Feel free to contact us for FREE consultation & evaluation by filling out the form 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 blog and you will receive our complimentary in-office evaluation (a $245 value). 

Rotator Cuff Injuries are Common but NOT Normal

Written by: Marcia D’Argenio PT, DPT

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Almost every week we have a patient come into the office explaining how they injured their rotator cuff. Some do it lifting weights overhead, for others it’s an old baseball or tennis injury. Whatever the difference in the origin of the injury, one thing is common, it’s something that usually lingers for a long time if not initially treated properly and it is NOT normal.
The rotator cuff is made up of several muscles that help support and guide range of motion for the shoulder joint. Pain arises when someone injures or overuses the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments and joint surfaces.

The rotator cuff is a large tendon comprised of four muscles which combine to form a “cuff” which attaches to the head of the humerus. The muscles that comprise the rotator cuff are:

• Supraspinatus
• Infraspinatus
• Subscapularis
• Teres Minor

These muscles originate from the “wing bone” aka the scapula and together form a single tendon unit that attaches to the humerus. Rotator cuff injuries occur when tendons are impinged by the acromion (part of the anterior scapula).This mechanism is believed to be a major cause of cuff tears in individuals older than 40 years. Rotator cuff injuries also happen after a fall or may be caused by chronic wear and tear leading to degeneration of the tendon.
The shoulder is considered a ball-socket joint. It allows the arm to move in many directions. It is made up of the humeral head (a ball at the end of the bone of the upper arm) fitting into the glenoid fossa of the scapula (the socket). The humeral head is kept in place by the thick bands of cartilage and the joint capsule. The joint itself contains a synovial membrane. It is the inner membrane of tissue that lines a joint. The synovial membrane secretes synovial fluid that lubricates the joint. The rotator cuff muscles are the dynamic stabilizers and movers of the shoulder joint and adjust the position of the humeral head and scapula during shoulder movement.
Symptoms of rotator cuff injuries are pain in the front of your shoulder that may radiate down the side of your arm. Overhead activities such as lifting or reaching usually hurt and sleeping on the affected side may hurt. The arm may be weak and can cause difficulty with even routine activities such as combing your hair or reaching behind your back. When the rotator cuff is damaged it can produce pain, spasm, inflammation and swelling. All of those ailments restrict movement and mobility. Non-surgical options include anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, acupuncture, laser therapy and/or physical therapy.

The aim of physical therapy is to keep the shoulder joint stable by strengthening the muscles of the rotator cuff and to restore full range of motion. Typically rotator cuff rehabilitation takes 4-6 weeks but varies depending on the type of injury and the patient. Some examples of exercises that comprise a rotator cuff program are active assisted range of motion exercises with a wand or stick and strengthening exercises with a theraband to support the shoulder joint. After recovery, these exercises should be continued as a maintenance program 2-3 days per week for lifelong protection of your shoulders.

When a patient comes to our office with a rotator cuff injury, our approach is to first and foremost decrease the pain, swelling and inflammation.Our goal is to assist healing without painful or invasive procedures. If after our evaluation and examination we have the opinion that a condition requires medical intervention beyond the procedures available our office, the patient will be referred to other professionals who offer more invasive procedures such as injections and surgery (But only if absolutely needed!).

In most instances rotator cuff injuries can be remedied rather quickly by the painless, non-invasive procedures available at Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation. Because of our excellent track record in taking care of these injuries, we receive a great deal of referrals from various physicians in our community.

So while it is true that many rotator cuff injuries evolve into chronic issues, it is usually because from the start they are not treated or allowed to heal properly. At our office we have great success in recognizing and treating the injury properly. With the attention, patience and techniques available in our office it is an infrequent occurrence for this type of injury to cause discomfort beyond the normal time of healing.

When considering a remedy for your rotator cuff injury, Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation should be your first stop. Give us a call at 732-345-1377. Mention that you read this blog and you will receive a complimentary in-office evaluation (a $245 value).

The Single Most Important Test to Consider If You Are Experiencing Pain, Numbness, Tingling or Weakness…

Written by: William Walsh, DC

Have you or someone you know experienced pain that shoots down the back of their leg or down their arm and into their foot or hand?  Many times patients come to our office saying they have “hand or foot pain”, underwent weeks of therapy, and finished with no results.  They want to know how we are different and if we can help them.  Many patients are surprised when they are informed that the injury may not be at the point of pain and that we’ll have to do further testing to determine if the nerves are involved.

Let’s start with a quick anatomy lesson to better understand the nervous system.  The “Central Nervous System” consists of the brain and spinal cord. From the spinal cord, between each vertebrae comes a “spinal nerve”. This is the start of the “peripheral nervous system”.  The peripheral nerves that originate from the neck run down through the arms and into the hands.  The same is true for the peripheral nerves that originate from the low back; they run through the legs down to the feet.Neuropathy, Nerve Damage

Peripheral nerves can become irritated at many points and by many irritants along their path from the spinal cord to the terminal end in the hands or feet.  A tight muscle, tight ligament, poor bio-mechanics, compromised tissue or inflammation can cause nerve irritation which results in pain, tingling, numbness or burning sensations anywhere along that peripheral nerve distribution.

The doctors at Monmouth Pain are trained in identifying nerve irritation and damage as board certified practitioners in electro-diagnostic testing, also referred to as Nerve Conduction Velocity testing (NCV).  An NCV can tell if there is nerve damage, a nerve disorder or if the nerve is firing improperly.  All 3 of these findings are important in determining the correct diagnosis.

Nerve conduction velocity testing assesses the “speed” of each nerve.  Each nerve in the body carries a signal at a particular “speed”.  During an NCV test the practitioner puts a receiver on the terminal end of the nerve (hand or foot).  Utilizing an impulse tool, a current is sent as an impulse into the nerve. That signal goes along the nerve and is recorded by the receiver.  The practitioner then moves the impulse tool up the arm or leg and repeats at several points.  If the nerve velocity or “speed” is slower in a particular region of the nerve this would indicate nerve irritation or damage.

Electro-diagnostic testing is both a highly sensitive and specific assessment tool. An NVC quickly leads to a reliable diagnosis when utilized in conjunction with clinical testing.  A reliable diagnosis leads to a more effective treatment which results in less visits to your doctor. This means more time doing what you love.

So if you or a loved one are suffering with pain, tingling, numbness or a burning sensation that has gotten out of control give us a call to schedule a free consultation to determine if we can help.

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). 

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