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Are you experiencing knee pain symptoms such as popping, clicking, bone-on-bone grinding, achiness, or sharp stabs? You're not alone in this journey. Knee pain affects nearly 25% of adults in the United States, causing discomfort, swelling, and chronic pain that can hinder everyday activities like childcare, walking, and exercise. Shockingly, recent statistics from The American Academy of Family Physicians indicate a 65% increase in diagnosed knee pain cases.

In a world where invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers are often the default solutions, it's crucial to explore the effective non-invasive options that are available. These alternative treatments provide relief without the associated risks of surgery.

Today, many doctors still recommend invasive surgeries and prescription painkillers rather than exploring non-invasive options. While those treatments are needed in some circumstances, there are alternative treatments available that can help you overcome knee pain without needing to go under the knife.

NJ Sports Spine and Wellness' advanced knee pain treatment in Atlantic Highlands, NJ gives men and women suffering from knee pain hope. Instead of relying on surgery, our team of doctors and physical therapists use non-invasive, highly effective treatments to help heal prevalent conditions such as:

Service Areas

Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

Knee

With the right treatment,

many people can reduce their pain and improve their function, allowing them to return to normal daily activities. Plus, by taking preventative measures and seeking prompt care from our team, it's possible to reduce your risk of developing chronic knee pain and other painful knee conditions. If you've been searching for a non-invasive way to eliminate knee pain and get back to an active life, your journey to recovery starts here.

Let's take a closer look at some of the knee pain treatments available at NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, which all serve as great alternatives to knee replacement surgery.

Physical Therapy:

Optimizing Musculoskeletal Health with Conservative Care

The field of Physical Therapy (PT) aims to rehabilitate individuals who have experienced injury, illness, or disability by restoring their mobility and function. Physical therapists cater to patients of various ages and capabilities, ranging from young athletes to senior citizens, in order to help them surpass physical limitations and improve their standard of living with advanced knee pain treatment in Atlantic Highlands, NJ.

At NJ Sports Spine and Wellness, our physical therapy program was founded on a patient-centric philosophy, where physical therapists work closely with patients to get a deep understanding of their goals, preferences, and capabilities. In doing so, they can create a tailor-made treatment strategy to address their unique knee pain with the goal of avoiding a knee replacement. Treatment may involve exercises that are therapeutic in nature and can include:

  • Joint mobilizations
  • Soft tissue mobilization using cupping
  • Graston technique
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Stretching of associated muscle groups

Joint Mobilization for Knee Pain

This unique knee pain solution involves physical therapists using skilled manual therapy techniques to help improve your joint range of motion while simultaneously reducing your knee pain.

During joint mobilization, a physical therapist applies targeted pressures or forces to a joint in specific directions to improve its mobility. The intensity of the force applied can vary, and it is adjusted based on the patient's comfort level. Joint mobilization is generally pain-free.

STM

Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)

Soft Tissue Mobilization is a manual therapy technique that involves stretching and applying deep pressure to rigid muscle tissue. This helps to relax muscle tension and move fluids that are trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. This effective form of physical therapy is often used as an advanced knee pain treatment in Atlantic Highlands, NJ for treating knee strains, knee sprains, knee pain, and more.

Graston

The Graston Technique

The Graston Technique involves the use of handheld instruments to identify and break up scar tissue through specialized massage. During a Graston Technique session, physical therapists use convex and concave tools for cross-friction massage, which involves rubbing or brushing against the grain of the scar tissue. This process re-introduces small amounts of trauma to the affected area. In some cases, this process temporarily causes inflammation, which can actually boost the amount and rate of blood flow in the knee. This process helps initiate and promote the healing process so you can get back to a normal life.

Massage

Soft Tissue Massage

Soft tissue massage is a less intense form of massage than it's deep-tissue relative. Instead of focusing on slow and firm strokes to reach the deep layers of muscles and tissues, this massage technique uses a variety of pressures, depths, and durations. Soft tissue massage is helpful in alleviating different types of knee aches, pains, and injuries. Soft tissue massages can also help reduce stress, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Advanced Mechanics and Technology:

The Future of Knee Pain Therapy

While knee pain is a common symptom that affects millions of Americans every year, no two cases of knee pain are ever exactly alike. Some types of knee injuries require non-traditional solutions. At New Jersey Sports Spine and Wellness, we offer a range of treatments that leverage mechanics and technology to help patients recover from injuries while treating inflammation and pain as well as resolve the root cause of the pain.

AlterAlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill is equipped with NASA Differential Air Pressure (DAP) technology, which is a precise air calibration system that uses the user's actual body weight to enhance rehabilitation and training. By utilizing a pressurized air chamber, the AlterG allows patients and athletes to move without any pain or restrictions.

This advanced knee pain treatment in Atlantic Highlands, NJ uniformly reduces gravitational load and body weight up to 80% in precise 1% increments. The results can be incredible, with patients reporting benefits such as:

  • Restoring and building of knee strength
  • Restored range of motion in the knee
  • Better balance
  • Improved knee function
  • More

What Makes the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill So Effective?

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill can monitor various metrics such as speed, gait pattern, stride length, and weight distribution. With real-time feedback and video monitoring, your rehabilitation team can promptly and accurately identify issues and pain points or monitor your progress throughout your knee pain rehabilitation journey.

One of the key benefits of this cutting-edge equipment is that it replicates natural walking and movement patterns without the artificial feel that hydrotherapy or harnesses create. This makes it an excellent choice for faster recovery after knee injuries or surgeries, as it allows for early mobilization while also preserving strength. Furthermore, it is ideal for sports recovery as athletes can use it for physical conditioning maintenance.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Low-Level Laser Therapy

Our advanced treatment modalities for knee pain include laser therapy, which harnesses the revolutionary power of light through photobiomodulation (PBM). LiteCureâ„¢ low-level laser therapy is available for acute and chronic types of knee pain and can be hugely beneficial when coupled with physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic care, and sports recovery care.

Understanding Photobiomodulation (PBM)

PBM is a medical treatment that harnesses the power of light to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities. The photons from the light penetrate deep into the tissue and interact with mitochondria, which results in a boost in energy production. This interaction sets off a biological chain reaction that increases cellular metabolism. Utilizing low-level light therapy has been shown to:

  • Alleviate knee pain
  • Speed up tissue healing
  • Promote overall health and wellness
  • Expedite knee pain injury recovery
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Exclusive Access to

Pain Management Professionals

At NJ Sports Spine & Wellness, we know that every patient requires a personalized approach to chronic knee pain and condition management. Sometimes, our patients need access to pain management professionals, who can offer relief in conjunction with physical therapy and other solutions like low-level laser therapy.

Two of the most common services we offer for pain management includes acupuncture which can assist in avoiding knee replacement surgery.

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a common treatment for knee pain that involves inserting thin needles into specific points in your knee. This ancient Chinese medicine has gained popularity in Western culture due to its effectiveness in treating various conditions with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system to release various biochemicals, including endorphins and other neurotransmitters. The release of these chemicals helps to reduce inflammation, decrease pain perception, and improve overall blood circulation.

Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture can be effective in treating knee pain caused by a variety of conditions, including osteoarthritis and injuries related to physical activity like running. Acupuncture can also help reduce inflammation, improve muscle function, and decrease pain perception, making it a viable treatment on its own or as an addition to traditional treatment methods like physical therapy.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

What Happens During Acupuncture Therapy for Knee Pain?

When undergoing acupuncture, a professional acupuncturist will insert thin needles into specific acupoints on the skin. These needles are left in place for roughly 20 to 30 minutes and may be gently stimulated for an enhanced effect. Patients might experience a slight tingle or warmth at the needle insertion site, but overall, acupuncture is considered a painless procedure.

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Is Acupuncture Actually Effective for Knee Pain?

Acupuncture has been a trusted and effective treatment option for thousands of years. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as a legitimate form of healthcare, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has even funded research studies to explore its efficacy for a range of medical conditions. To learn more about acupuncture for knee pain, contact NJSSW today.

Avoid Knee Replacements with Advanced Knee Pain Treatment in Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Atlantic Highlands, NJ

When it comes to knee pain therapies and treatments, getting a knee replacement should be last on your list. Why put your body through such trauma if you haven't tried other non-invasive treatment options? Whether you're an athlete trying to work through a knee injury or you're over 65 and are dealing with osteoarthritis, NJ Sports Spine and Wellness can help.

It all starts with an introductory consultation at our office in Matawan or Marlboro. During your first visit, we'll talk to you about your knee pain symptoms, the goals you have in mind, and the advanced knee pain treatments available to you at our practice. From there, it's only a matter of time before you get back to a healthy, active lifestyle.

Every day you wait can worsen your knee condition. Contact us today and let our team help get you on the road to recovery and life with painful knees.

Latest News in Atlantic Highlands, NJ

N.J. eatery known for unique sandwiches announces closure

A New Jersey eatery known for its signature sandwiches has closed.Big Mike’s Little Red Store announced its immediate closure in a social media post on Tuesday, Aug. 15.The sandwich shop was located at 101 Navesink Ave. in Atlantic Highlands.“As we close the chapter on five amazing years at Big Mike’s Litt...

A New Jersey eatery known for its signature sandwiches has closed.

Big Mike’s Little Red Store announced its immediate closure in a social media post on Tuesday, Aug. 15.

The sandwich shop was located at 101 Navesink Ave. in Atlantic Highlands.

“As we close the chapter on five amazing years at Big Mike’s Little Red Store, we want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our incredible customers and the wonderful community we’ve had the pleasure of serving,” the post read.

Big Mike’s Little Red Store grew popular for its sandwiches over its half-decade run on Navesink Ave.

The shop’s “The Poppa” sandwich (charred bologna, potato latke, egg and cheese) landed the No. 22 spot on NJ.com’s most recent ranking of New Jersey’s 25 greatest sandwiches.

The owners of the Monmouth County eatery also announced their future plans.

“We are in the midst of an exciting transition, preparing to open our brand-new restaurant, Saltwater Social Bar and Kitchen by Big Mike!” the post said.

The new endeavor is planned to open at 128 Bay Ave. in Atlantic Highlands this fall. An exact date has yet to be announced.

Saltwater Social Bar and Kitchen is described as “not just a restaurant” but “an expansion to a bigger and better way to serve” the community and customers.

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Atlantic Highlands Arts Council to present 'CONNECTIONS' painting exhibit

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will present CONNECTIONS - a Painting Exhibition from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17. This is an exhibition by three distinct voices from diverse backgrounds brought together through art and friendship. The artists are Richard Buntzen, Soody Neshatfar and Anna "AJ" Wainright. The individual approaches to painting by these three artists are seemingly unique, yet, through their admiration of each other's work and their mutual friendship, connections are everywhere to be found. The At...

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS — The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will present CONNECTIONS - a Painting Exhibition from Jan. 13 to Feb. 17. This is an exhibition by three distinct voices from diverse backgrounds brought together through art and friendship. The artists are Richard Buntzen, Soody Neshatfar and Anna "AJ" Wainright. The individual approaches to painting by these three artists are seemingly unique, yet, through their admiration of each other's work and their mutual friendship, connections are everywhere to be found. The Atlantic Highlands Arts Council celebrates their work and the profound connections they have made with each other and in their art.

Richard Buntzen is an award winning freelance visual artist who works in oil and print media collage out of his studio space in Asbury Park. Formerly, Buntzen was an art educator in the Alpine School District located in Bergen County. He earned his MFA Degree from New Jersey City University where he studied under the direction of Hugo Bastidas and Dr. Jose Rodeiro.

Buntzen currently studies with Julie Friedman, owner and director of ARTSPACE located in Morristown. He is a Signature

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Member with the National Collage Society. He is also a member of Maryland Federation of Arts, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Atlantic Highlands Art Council, and The Pastel Salon of New Jersey. He has shown his work nationally as well as in several galleries and museums in both Central and South New Jersey.

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The passion for visual art has always been a part of Soody Neshatfar's life, but formally she started painting under the direction of Master Painter Marge Levine in 2000. She has participated in workshops with Master Pastelists Richard McKinley, Lyn Asselta, and Julie Friedman. Neshatfar continues to study with Julie Friedman, working in both oil and pastel. She is a member of The Pastel Salon of New Jersey.

Anna “AJ” Wainright, PSA/MP, IAPS/EP is a national and international award-winning gallery represented artist.

Driven to paint images that evoke a sense of weather and emotion as well as place, she is known for her atmospheric paintings. After 25 years in public service her pursuit of her dreams to be an artist began in 2007 with pastels as her preferred medium at the time.

After years of work in that medium her efforts culminated in 2022 when she received the top award, Prix De Pastel, in the Master Division of the Pastel World Exhibition at the International Association of Pastel Societies Convention in New Mexico, where she also received Eminent Pastelist distinction as well.

She also has Master distinction in the Pastel Society of America, as well as Signature in the American Tonalist Association and Associate in Oil Painters of America, NOAPS, and the American Impressionists Association. She has exhibited in two shows in China, and last year in Korea. She was recently featured in the “Conjuring the Landscape” article in the Jan/Feb 2021 issue of the Pastel Journal, as well as the publication “Pure Pastel: Contemporary Works by Today’s Top Artists” in 2019. She has received honorable mention several times in the Pastel 100, as well as second place overall in 2019. Her works have shown in museum exhibitions including the Butler Institute of American Art, Ohio; Slater Museum, Norwich, Conn. and Haggin Museum, Stockton, Calif. She has gallery representation at The Artful Deposit and Beacon Galleries in New Jersey, as well as resident membership at the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

For more information, visit the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council website.

3 N.J. school districts could become 1 under merger plan

Voters in Monmouth County will decide this week whether to merge three school districts into one.The grades K-6 school districts in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands would join the grades 7-12 Henry Hudson Regional School District, which already serves both municipalities, under the proposal on Tuesday’s ballot.The regionalization ballot proposal is the first in New Jersey since 2013, when voters in Hunterdon County ...

Voters in Monmouth County will decide this week whether to merge three school districts into one.

The grades K-6 school districts in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands would join the grades 7-12 Henry Hudson Regional School District, which already serves both municipalities, under the proposal on Tuesday’s ballot.

The regionalization ballot proposal is the first in New Jersey since 2013, when voters in Hunterdon County approved merging four school districts into the South Hunterdon Regional School District, according to the New Jersey Boards Association.

New Jersey, which is home to about 600 school districts, has few regionalized districts compared to many other states. Last year, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that gave districts financial incentives to study consolidation, including combining into county-wide or regional school districts.

Supporters say combining local school districts could save money and reduce school taxes for homeowners. But, some districts have resisted mergers because they do not want to give up local control of their schools and worry students will not be able to attend their neighborhood schools in regional districts.

Some school districts have already combined. In 2017, the Elmer school district was absorbed by Pittsgrove in Salem County, adding Elmer’s 240 students to Pittsgrove’s 1,600 students, after years of debate.

If approved by voters in Highlands and Atlantic Highlands this week, the school boards in both districts would be disbanded in July 2024, according to a description available on the districts’ websites. All three school districts would be overseen by the Henry Hudson Regional School District school board.

Voters are heading to the polls Tuesday, the same day seven school district construction proposals totaling $40.2 million are on the ballot in other New Jersey school districts, the school boards association said.

Highlands, Atlantic Highlands and Henry Hudson Regional are relatively small, with a combined enrollment of 740 students as of last year. A single superintendent, Tara Beams, is already leading what is characterized by local officials as a “tri-district.”

Each district is home to a single school. Highlands Elementary School and Atlantic Highlands Elementary School serve grades K-6. Henry Hudson Regional High School opened in 1962 and serves grades 7-12.

“The topic of regionalizing these three schools has been a decades-long debate, mostly on whether or not the current structures are efficient in running schools,” Beams said at a Sept. 12 community forum.

“The most efficient model, for a child, is that there is a system that they go through, from pre-K or kindergarten, all the way up to 12th grade, and there’s some continuity in those services, regardless of whether you’re in a large district or small district — that you have a team of administrators and educational experts that are making decisions that look at a child’s journey from pre-K all the way through 12th,” Beams said.

In advocating for the change, officials predicted a reduction in taxes stemming from consolidating some services and a boost in state aid that is available to school districts opting to regionalize, according to a proposal overview from the school districts.

The overview acknowledges that approval would result in “some loss of autonomy,” due to dissolving Atlantic Highlands and the Highlands school boards, and that some staff members might be relocated or transferred “although this is expected to be very minor.”

The new regional board “will need to commit effort and resources to assume control of the educational facilities, engage with existing vendors and contractors, restructure contracts, and the collective bargaining agreements with the employees’ unions,” the overview states.

If approved, the current board members in the three districts — along with any elected in November — would continue through June, officials said. Then, an interim regional board consisting of three members from each current board would be seated, leading up to the election of a new board in November 2024.

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