What Type of Clinic in NJ Do You Choose for Neck Pain?

 

Have you have ever woken up after a long night’s sleep and your neck hurt when you turned it to one side? Have you then attributed that pain to “sleeping on it wrong”? You know that the pain will eventually subside once your neck untightens, but in the meantime it may be very uncomfortable or even painful to turn your neck to one side or the other. Depending on the circumstances and pain level, you may need to consider a medical professional to help you get neck pain relief and return to your normal daily activities.

 

How to Choose a Neck Pain Clinic in NJ

Most people take advantage of the fact that they can live their lives free of pain resulting from a neck injury or neck soreness. For those who have symptoms such as headaches, numbness or tingling in the fingers, hand, or forearms, stiffness, compromised range of motion, pain spreading down the arms or to the upper back, and/or muscle weakness, pain and these symptoms may be a part of everyday life. At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, the experts at our neck pain clinic NJ can help. 

We care about the wellness of your whole body, and our treatment strategies encompass your physical, emotional, and social needs. Living with pain can be extremely difficult, and it is very tempting to simply take a pain medication to ease your suffering. However, this is not a long-term solution. If you have decided to seek professional, medical assistance there are some qualification to search for and some questions to ask of your potential clinic.

Qualifications to Consider

When looking for the best clinic for neck pain relief, there are some qualifications to consider. Here are a few to help you narrow does candidates for your neck pain treatment center:

  • The center takes a holistic approach to treatment rather than a very narrow micro view.
  • The underlying cause of the pain is considered.
  • Minimally invasive approaches are considered before extreme ones like surgery to prevent further pain and complications.
  • There are a number of neck pain treatment options to mix and match to suit your specific needs
  • A proven track record

Questions You Should Ask

  • How many neck pain treatment options do you offer?
  • What kind of specialists do you have on staff?
  • How do you compare with other neck pain clinics in NJ?
  • What non-invasive treatments can provide me neck pain relief?
  • Will my treatment plan be tailored to my specific needs?

Call Our Neck Pain Specialists at Monmouth

At Monmouth Pain & Rehabilitation, we specialize in a variety of options designed for neck pain relief, a return to balance in your life, and being as non-invasive as possible. From massage therapy to acupuncture, chiropractic care to rehabilitative treatments, we focus on getting you back to a pain-free life with an emphasis on the holistic approach. Body and mind work together to identify and treat the underlying cause of your pain. Contact us today to make an appointment for a free consultation to assess your symptoms and find the neck pain treatment that is right for you.

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). 

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.

The “Do’s” and “Don’ts” to help with Your Back Pain Right Now

Written by: Eric Chludzinski, DC

Being aware of what to do for your back pain is very important but equally as important is knowing what NOT to do.

Do's and dont's list drawn on a blackboard

We all know it’s important to maintain good back health by doing things that help strengthen it and avoid the things that cause harm… this is just common sense. However, what are the things we need to avoid and what are some simple things we can do to prevent back problems from occurring in the first place?

Most people are aware of the “lift with the legs” motto, which means bending your knees when lifting something. But there are also some other gems you need to know to avoid a back injury. First, the back disks are highly pressurized (full of water) especially first thing in the morning. This makes your back more stiff. It also makes stresses on the disc more substantial with lifts. So if possible, avoid lifting heavy things or in stooped awkward positions, first thing in the morning. If you have a choice of doing laundry first thing in the morning or at night, do it at night.

Additionally, because the spinal discs are mostly composed of water it’s important to drink lots and lots of water throughout the day to keep your discs hydrated. As a general rule drinking half your body weight in ounces per day is a good guideline to follow.

Keep in mind when you’re lifting something awkward or heavy it’s important to get some help. There’s no point in trying to be superman or superwoman and test the limits of your back strength. A second person helping could save you a trip to our office.

Another “don’t” for the low back is to avoid sitting as much as possible. While some jobs make this difficult, there’s no reason to follow eight hours of sitting at the job with four hours of evening sitting at home. The back craves and thrives on motion, especially walking. Why not go for a thirty-minute walk after dinner, instead of being a couch or chair potato? The spine is architecturally designed for walking. This is where it is at its optimum. Sitting in a chair is a very unnatural position for the lumbar spine. The walking, while helpful for the back, can also pay dividends for your heart health and longevity.

Avoid exercises that create flexion (bending forward at the hips) of the spine such as sit-ups, crunches and various abdominal machines at the gym. Instead focus on strengthening your core through non-flexion exercises such as planks or roll outs.

Another important “do” for the low back is stretching. Simple stretching for 15 seconds each, the calves (lower legs), hamstrings (back of the thighs) and quadriceps (front of the legs), can help to keep the back flexible. Recall that we are supposed to lift with the legs. If the legs muscles are tight and/or weak, then the low back is going to take up much more of the weight and stress, increasing your risk for injury.

Daily foam rolling is useful in keeping your spinal muscles and tendons loose and free of restriction. It will also help to draw out any bad inflammatory chemicals from the muscle fibers. Adding this simple tool a few minutes a day will help to reinvigorate the spine.

Lastly, periodic spinal check-ups with your Chiropractor and/or Physical Therapist to ensure proper alignment and movement is essential to maintaining spinal health.

These are some essential “do’s” and “don’ts” to consider when caring for your spine. A little attention can go a long way into improving your quality of living and prevent a serious injury.

If you’d like to discuss this information more specifically for your spinal type and condition, or have concerns about injuries you’ve suffered in the past, just call            (732) 345-1377 to make an appointment. We have offices located in Red Bank and Wall, NJ. Consultations are always complimentary. Adhering to a few good spinal “hygiene” principals can do a lot to maintain spinal health and keep your visits to our office to a minimum. Prevention is the key to good health.

 

 

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Shoulder Pain Treatment in Monmouth County

Since shoulder pain can severely limit your ability to perform everyday tasks, it’s important to know where your pain is coming from and what you could do to help ease it. Shoulder pain issues tend to happen most frequently when there is a tear or tendinitis. Injuries including rotator cuff, arthritis, shoulder dislocation can also disconnect with the top of the arm bone and several others.

game ready cold therapy njSome health treatment methods include:

  • Moderate Rest
  • Game Ready Technology – RICE
  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture

In instances of a shoulder injury, many individuals turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (NSAIDS) such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve symptoms, it’s important that people try to avoid these medications as much as possible.

Game Ready Cold Therapy Advantages

Rest, ice, compression and elevation principles have been widely used to help a healing injury symptoms as well as moderating pain and swelling.

Game ready does even more and mimics natural muscle contractions while helping the cooling tissue.

Game Ready can also:

  • Decreases Pain, Muscle Spasms, Edema & Swelling
  • Draws Heat away from Injury Site – Reduces Temperature
  • Reduces Tissue Damage
  • Mimics Natural Muscle Contractions
  • Optimizes lymphatic drainage
  • Increases blood flow and oxygen delivery
  • Stimulates tissue repair, encourages
  • Improves surface contract for faster, deeper, longer-lasting cooling

Our new game ready technology can be used to help with faster injury relief as well chronic pain such as shoulder, or hip or knee pain even. If you have suffered from a shoulder injury or have shoulder pain contact our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office in either Wall or Red Bank, NJ. We can help you recover faster from your shoulder pain.

Knee Pain in Winter

Winter does not have to be a pain, at least not in your knees! Most people associate decreasing temperatures with increasing pain in their joints. Why is that? One explanation is that the cooler temperatures make our nerve endings more sensitive, therefore the pain experienced in winter is more intense. Research from Tufts University suggests colder weather can result in painful changes in the thickness of joint fluid.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do to proactively manage your pain. 

  • Bundle up! Keeping your knees covered and as warm as possible when going out in the cold will help reduce pain
  • Stay Active! One reason winter takes such a toll on your health is that being stuck indoors means you are less likely to exercise. Extended periods of rest (i.e. binge watching TV on the couch because it’s freezing outside) usually results in increased stiffness and pain. Staying active and keeping your body in motion will improve circulation to your knees and help lubricate your joints, motion is lotion! Lifting light weights can also help strengthen and build joint supporting muscles. Just be sure to rest and space your activities out so your knees have time to recuperate.
  • Massage Massage can help relieve pain, decrease stiffness and improve range of motion.
  • Stay Hydrated! The benefits of proper hydration are endless. The value to your knees is softening and proper hydration of the cartilage. Additionally, drinking enough water creates adequate blood volume which allows for the distribution of nutrients to your joints.
  • Eat Smart! Focus on foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon and nuts which help decrease inflammation. Also try incorporating the spice turmeric, which has anti-inflammatory properties, as often as possible. Foods rich in Vitamin K such as green beans, kale, asparagus and cabbage have pain-soothing properties. You can also help halt cartilage loss by increasing foods rich in Vitamin C such as citrus fruits, berries and peppers.

** Opt for high fiber whole grains which help reduce inflammation over refined grains which may cause inflammation. Also avoid foods high in omega-6 fatty acids such as vegetable oil and fast food which can cause increased inflammation.  Warm Baths A great excuse to pamper yourself and relax! A warm bath can relax the muscles surrounding the knee and decrease joint stiffness.

If you are living with knee pain we can help. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers the most advanced non-surgical FDA approved treatment program at our Red Bank and Wall locations. This new treatment is a high tech answer for all those who think that surgery, dietary supplements and prescription medications are the only option to eliminate knee pain. If you are experiencing knee pain and you are ready to experience relief and healing contact the MONMOUTH PAIN & REHABILITATION KNEE PROGRAM today at 732-345-1377.

Cutting Edge Nueropathy Treatment in NJ

Do you suffer from any of the following? Have you been told there is nothing you can do to treat your re-occuring issues that you’ve been dealing with? You could be suffering from neuropathy, we have nueropathy treatment available in Red Bank and Wall Township.

Peripheral-NeuropathySymptoms Include:

  • Numbness
  • Burning Pain
  • Cramping
  • Sharp Electric Pain
  • Hurts when you walk
  • Difficulty sleeping from leg & foot discomfort
  • Prickling and Tingling Feelings

If you suffer from one of the above issues, you may have Peripheral Neuropathy. And, if you do – you’re not alone. Often these good people have been frustrated by traditional care they’ve received for these issues and are still seeking help. Our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office offers neuropathy treatment in Wall Township and Red Bank, NJ. We use cutting edge technology to treat neuropathy and help our patients.

Have you been told you should try, or have you tried:

  • Medication
  • Painful Injections
  • Physical Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Vitamins

Or have you been told, you have to just live with it?

Causes for Nueropathy 

Neuropathy has many causes. It can be spinal or back problems, inflammation, diabetes, hereditary disorders, medication side effects, cancer treatments or a variety of other causes for onset.
It isn’t unusual to hear from patients who have suffered for many years and have been missing out on things that really love to do. They aren’t enjoying life as much as possible.
If this describes you, then perhaps we can help. Our practice has a mutli-level attack for all of these issues. The great part is, when these issues are resolved an individual can go on to improve their quality of life.

We have hundreds of successful cases that provide us with a unique set of knowledge and tools that have been tested and found effective.

Innovative Care – Power Results
You can’t have nerve pressure of “pinched nerves” and get better from neuropathy. Using the latest in technology, we offer a non-invasive approach.
Our offices uses a patented instrumentation that is highly-researched, low force and computerized. This frees the nerves and the old damage that may have been caused by old herniated discs or arthritis. AND the procedure is painless.

We also use a low-level laser therapy (LLLT). This laser uses near infrared light to stimulate healing. This is a newly developed technology. This is newly developed tool that is safe – the non-invasive healing light has been proven to work wonders on peripheral neuropathy symptoms.
We have witnessed firsthand miracles, patients that have suffered for years with neuropathy – where their doctors have told them their nerves were dead – have had pain and numbness relief with just a few treatments.

Do you qualify for this new program?
When you call and make an appointment, we’ll perform a highly specialized Qualitative Clinical Scoring System of the Peripheral Nervous System to see if we may be able to help you.
If for some reason we don’t think we can help you, we will send you to where you can receive help.

5StarTestimonial“Thank you and your staff for the good help.” I was very please with the treatment. I can’t believe I can sleep at night without the terrible feet pain and numbness, something I couldn’t do for a long time. I can walk and dance, I use to use a cane. I now have hope. I take this moment to thank you and your staff for the good help you are giving to your patients. Thank you so much. – Anne C.

5StarTestimonial“After the first day my feet were not longer cold.” In the beginning I was skeptical of the treatments because I have tried many things over the last nine years and nothing has worked. I was thrilled that after the first day my feet were no longer cold. I am not able to sleep without socks which I haven’t been able to do in 8 years. The pain is also getting progressively less. I am able to be on my feet for longer periods of time. This helps me to get more exercise and generally feel better. My family tells me I am more upbeat and fun to be around. – Dennis R.

Is Heading Back to School Causing Tension Headaches Again?

Heading back to school can be a fun time, but it can also be a stressful time. When you are going through a stressful period in your life, headaches are far from welcome. Welcome or not, tension headaches are a common fact of life. About three quarters of the population have reported having them. They can be infrequent happening in an episode from time to time. Or unfortunately they can be chronic, occurring more than 15 days a month for 3 months. And more times than not, people treat these headaches with medication, either over the counter (OTC) or prescription.

Tension headache symptoms include:

  • Pain that starts at the back of head and spreads forward
  • Dull pressure, aching or squeezing sensation in the head
  • Muscles of neck, shoulders and jaw may be tight and sore
  • Both sides of head are affected equally
  • May cause a decrease in appetite and a difficulty sleeping

Unfortunately, there is no clear-cut answer to what causes a tension headache. Some researchers believe it to be from tight muscles in the neck, shoulders, jaw and scalp. According to studies, a change in the neurotransmitters (chemicals in the brain) may be the cause. However, it’s not clear whether the chemical change causes tight muscles resulting in tension headaches or the tight muscles change the chemicals in the brain resulting in tension headaches.

Despite that uncertainty, some common triggers to tension headaches have been discussed:

  • Stress
  • Eye strain
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Keeping your head in a position for a long time (for example, working on a computer, looking down at a tablet, microscope or book)
  • Skipping meals
  • Sleeping in an awkward position
  • Depression
  • Clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth
  • Medication
  • Head or neck injury
  • Too much caffeine or withdrawal from caffeine
  • Alcohol use

Although some of the triggers can clearly be avoided, others such as stress may not be as easily avoided. At this point, heading for the medicine cabinet may seem appealing but treating headaches as they occur with medication can lead to overuse of medication. This can be counterproductive, as overuse leads to headaches, among other side effects. An effective, drug-free alternative is to treat tension headaches with acupuncture.

Traditional acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The treatment consists of the practitioner inserting fine needles in specific parts of the body. The goal according to TCM is to balance the energy or qi (pronounced “CHEE”) that flows through the body along certain pathways. It is the unbalanced energy or blocked pathways that lead to health problems, such as headaches.

Studies have shown that acupuncture can result in lasting relief of tension headaches. It stimulates the body’s natural pain relieving response, the release of endorphins. Acupuncture also increases serotonin levels in the body that helps to suppress the stimulation of nerve signals that express pain.

Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation offers acupuncture as a treatment in a convenient location for residents of Monmouth County. Our highly skilled practitioner is experienced with examining and treating tension headaches. Patients have reported both immediate and long-lasting relief of headaches following the acupuncture treatment.

Helping with homework and projects night after night, sitting in school traffic for hours, rushing the preparation of meals and taking your children to and from practices is here to stay for a while. Be proactive about your stress and pain management when it comes to headaches and give Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation a call at 732-345-1377. In addition to acupuncture, feel free to ask questions about the other services we offer such as chiropractic, massage and physical therapy treatments.

Improve your Golf Swing with our Back Pain Relief Program in Red Bank & Wall, NJ!

Do you have back pain? Is it affecting your golf swing? Is your swing killing your back? Join our back pain relief program and improve your golf game. We offer a safe, non-surgical, state of the art approach to relieve back pain.

Our Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation office has one of the most comprehensive Back pain relief program in the area. We offer non-surgical decompression, chiropractic care, interventional pain management, physical therapy, class IV laser therapy and acupuncture.

Our advanced back pain treatment plan will have you playing better than ever! “I can finally hit the ball again without pain.” said Andrew M.

Enjoy our free back pain consultation! ($145 Value)
Why suffer any longer?
Find out why you are suffering from back pain, at no cost.

Manipulation of the spine allows for improvement of range and motion of the joints, and the body’s overall ability to heal itself all while reducing back pain. Manipulation of the spine allows for improvement of mobility, range of motion in the joints and the body’s overall ability to heal itself all while reducing pain and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments on the central nervous system include the spine, nerves and brain to ensure total spinal health by stimulating these parts of the body that are responsible for pain.

The main goal of chiropractic adjustments are on the central nervous system which include the spine, nerves and brain ensure total spinal health by stimulating these parts of the body that are responsible for pain. The main goal of chiropractic adjustment is to properly align the spine to restore functionality.

To schedule an appointment for your back pain consultation call our office at 732-345-1377.

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