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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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, 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 Highland Park, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Highland Park, 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.

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Football: Highland Park snaps 51-game losing streak, closes season with a win

The scoreboard at Point Pleasant Beach said 46-29, but for the Highland Park football team, those numbers in lights represented so much more than just a much sought-after victory.The 46-29 win was not just the program’s first since 2016, but for these Owls, it was a forceful removal of the burden of a 51-game losing streak, the longest in the state, that had been affixed to their shoulders.Complete Box Score »“We n...

The scoreboard at Point Pleasant Beach said 46-29, but for the Highland Park football team, those numbers in lights represented so much more than just a much sought-after victory.

The 46-29 win was not just the program’s first since 2016, but for these Owls, it was a forceful removal of the burden of a 51-game losing streak, the longest in the state, that had been affixed to their shoulders.

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“We needed this win so badly. It was a well-deserved win. I think this win, to be honest, moved mountains,” Highland Park coach Shawn Harrison said. “Just to get that (losing streak) off your chest, I think was monumental.

“The losing of the games all year long, just this year alone, was weighing heavily on them. Let alone these last five, six years without a win.”

Highland Park led for most of Thursday’s game, but it knew it couldn’t let up or it would risk closing the year with another near-win that ended in a heartbreaking defeat.

Instead Highland Park answered back in the face of adversity when a 12-point halftime lead had shrunk to three.

On a 4th-and-6 junior quarterback Markos Hantsoulis spun out of trouble and found his cousin, Stamatis Hantsoulis wide open on the left sideline for a 29-yard touchdown that made it 38-29 with 7:14 left in the game.

About 90 seconds later, Stamatis’ twin brother, Konstantinos Hantsoulis jumped in front of a Point Pleasant Beach for an interception and sprinted down the right sideline for a 60-plus-yard touchdown that not only made it a three-possession game, but allowed the Owls to realize its dream of a win was on the verge of happening.

“You would have thought there were 100 kids on that sideline with the way they yelled out a roar,” said Harrison. “When (Konstantinos) was in the clear, the kids finally saw that we were at the doorstep of winning this ballgame. Their eyes just got so big and they knew that that win was right there.”

The three members of the Hantsoulis family had a hand in all seven of Highland Park’s touchdowns.

Markos opened the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Konstantinos just 96 seconds into the game. The lead was short-lived as Point Pleasant Beach’s Thomas Wagner took the ensuing kickoff back for a TD.

Markos Hantsoulis gave Highland Park the lead for good with a 4-yard TD run that made it 12-8, 32 seconds into the second quarter. A 37-yard TD pass to Jowan Keyes followed and, after Point Pleasant Beach made it 18-14 after a Liam Brosnan TD run, Markos Hantsoluis found Konstantinos for a 60-yards score with 1:06 left in the half that pushed the lead to 12 heading into halftime.

Markos Hantsoulis threw four touchdown passes and ran for two scores as well. According to Harrison, two of the TD passes came on broken plays, including the 29-yard TD pass to Stamatis that gave Highland Park the cushion it desperately needed to ensure this night would end with celebration rather than sorrow.

When the clock struck zeros and the final whistle was sounded, tears flowed from both Highland Park players and coaches alike as Harrison was embraced by senior Danny Sanchez and others afterwards. Harrison was given a Gatorade shower and the Owls celebrated on the bus ride back to Highland Park.

Since Harrison took over as head coach in 2019, Highland Park’s roster has nearly doubled as nearly 40 players are now in the program. This is also the second consecutive season that the Owls have had a JV team, a group that is well over .500 this fall.

All are signs of progress and promising signs for the future, but it pales in comparison to what Thursday night’s win meant to a program that had gone nearly seven full years without one.

“I know our record was 1-9 with this win it felt like we were undefeated this season,” Harrison said. “That’s how much the win tonight meant to us,” said Harrison. “We felt like an actual champion and that we actually accomplished something. That’s how much the win meant for this entire program.”

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Support for Israel Is Strong in Highland Park

With the military situation in Israel and global public opinion becoming more concerning, Eric Pelofsky, a resident of Highland Park, noticed an Israeli flag hanging outside Pino’s, a bar and liquor store in town. Noting that Pino’s often hosted special events supporting various groups, he had the idea to create a fundraiser and evening of support for Israel for the Highland Park and surrounding communities. Pelofsky worked with Pino’s management, initially intending to sponsor a keg of beer and some kosher pretzels and sna...

With the military situation in Israel and global public opinion becoming more concerning, Eric Pelofsky, a resident of Highland Park, noticed an Israeli flag hanging outside Pino’s, a bar and liquor store in town. Noting that Pino’s often hosted special events supporting various groups, he had the idea to create a fundraiser and evening of support for Israel for the Highland Park and surrounding communities. Pelofsky worked with Pino’s management, initially intending to sponsor a keg of beer and some kosher pretzels and snacks, and arranged that the Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey would be the beneficiary of any funds raised from the admission fee.

Notices went out over social media and word spread like wildfire throughout the community. Giddy’s Pizza of East Brunswick donated 10 pizza pies that were delivered to the event and an anonymous donor paid for an additional five. The event was held on Thursday, October 26 and the venue was packed with a standing-room-only crowd shortly after the start time of 8 p.m.

Jason Postelnik, a member of the Highland Park Borough Council, remarked on the “amazing turnout” and said “this is the most crowded event I’ve seen at Pino’s.” He thanked Pino’s for supporting the Jewish community at this time.

The unusually mild weather allowed people to take advantage of the outdoor picnic table seating at the front and side of the store, where Highland Park residents Joel Zevin and Shlomo Peleg enjoyed their beer. “With all the negative anti-Israel news, it is good to see such a large turnout in support for Israel,” said Zevin.

“It is nice to see so many Jews of all types coming to support Israel,” added Peleg.

Laura Safran, director of community impact for Federation confirmed that 330 people were in attendance. “We raised over $3,700 from ticket sales and donations. In addition, many people visited Pino’s liquor store and made purchases throughout the day to express appreciation for their support.”

Pino’s co-owner, Siobhan Commerford, originally put the flag up in acknowledgement of one of the establishment’s bartenders who was called back to Israel for active duty. She was surprised at some of the backlash and hatred that came as a result. “People were coming in and yelling at us for supporting Israel. My Irish-Catholic background came out and I was determined to not back down. I wasn’t sure if having the Israeli flag was the smart thing to do, but I know it was the right thing to do.”

Commerford added, “Once word got out about our support in the Jewish community, people have been stopping by all day. Our inventory of kosher wines and spirits has been seriously depleted by the many unexpected additional customers who have stopped by.”

As Lori Resnick of Highland Park remarked: “The Jewish community knows how to support our local businesses that are supporting Israel.”

Support for the event was not limited to the Highland Park/Edison area. Safran confirmed that “someone from Israel called in a donation to the bar in thanks, and an anonymous donor even gave their credit card and asked that the bar tap it to pay for additional beer or wine if reserves were depleted, since the person couldn’t make it to the event.”

David Seiden (formerly from Highland Park) came to the event from Linden with his wife Rebecca. He said: “I came to support Israel and the community of Highland Park, which I know has some really grounded ties with Israel.”

East Brunswick residents Bill Kokkianis and Chris Fedosh, neither of whom is Jewish, came to show support for their Jewish friends. Kokkianis grew up in Highland Park and has maintained ties to the community. Both are appalled at what happened on October 7 and are distressed at the negative world reaction to Israel’s actions to keep their country safe, and they felt it important that the Jewish community know they are not alone.

Pelofsky was thrilled with the turnout. He planned the event and would have considered it a success if 150 people came. “The attendance is unbelievable.”

There were at least four rabbis in attendance and people from all denominations of Judaism. Safran noted, “The audience really skewed younger, which is fabulous. Spirits were high, and many people paid more than the actual requested $5 in support of Jewish Federation’s Israel Emergency Campaign. So far, our Federation has raised more than $400,000. Across the country, the Jewish Federation movement is raising $500 million.”

Safran continued, “I really feel the evening’s incredible success could be credited to the pervasive feeling of achdus, connection to one another, not only through our collective compassion and support for Israel, but also because—as different as we are—we are one Jewish people; one Jewish community. The half joke is that we should do it every Thursday night.”

All of the funds raised will go directly to Israel for food and financial assistance for impacted citizens: The Jewish Agency for Israel’s Funds for Victims of Terror, trauma relief and psychosocial care, Emergency Medical Services and more. Those interested in donating should visit www.Jewishheartj.org/email-donate to add their support.

Highland Park’s Empty Table Display Draws Hundreds

More than 500 people from Highland Park/Edison and the surrounding communities gathered at the corner of Raritan and South Second Avenues at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 to view the Empty Shabbat Table representing the more than 240 people kidnapped from Israel on Oct. 7 who are not home to join their families on Shabbat. The display, organized by Central Jersey Stands With Israel and supported by the Borough of Highland Park, had tables set with tablecloths, place settings, cups and flowers — with highchairs, booster seats and a wheelchai...

More than 500 people from Highland Park/Edison and the surrounding communities gathered at the corner of Raritan and South Second Avenues at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 to view the Empty Shabbat Table representing the more than 240 people kidnapped from Israel on Oct. 7 who are not home to join their families on Shabbat. The display, organized by Central Jersey Stands With Israel and supported by the Borough of Highland Park, had tables set with tablecloths, place settings, cups and flowers — with highchairs, booster seats and a wheelchair, to signify the broad spectrum of the missing.

The program was brief due to the onset of Shabbat. The event began with a welcome from event co-organizer Josh Fine and continued with a moving description about those who are missing from Andrew Getraer, former executive director of Rutgers Hillel, and the singing of “Shalom Aleichem: led by Avi Maza. A reading of the names of the kidnapped was done by a cross-section of community members, including ambassador and former mayor of Highland Park, Meryl Frank; Highland Park Mayor Elsie Foster; several community rabbis; and others. Following a recitation of Misheberach, the event ended with the singing of “Hatikvah.” People were encouraged to return and see the table during the remainder of the weekend.

Highland Park council member Matt Hale described the event as an “amazing display of community.”

Rabbi Ronald Schwarzberg, rabbi emeritus of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Highland Park, said he was “proud of the community for taking on the initiative to demonstrate support for Israel and visibly present some of the devastation that occurred on October 7 and why it is critical that Israel eradicate Hamas.”

The event organizers noted that anyone who was approached to set up the tables or donate money for the 24-hour security to protect against vandalism was eager to help. Posters of the missing had been torn down within hours at the same location earlier in the week.

Over the 48 hours the display stood, dozens of Jewish community members detoured from their usual routines to visit the site. An informal group met at the display on Shabbat afternoon to sing zemirot. Two families went to the display right after Shabbat to say Havdala at the location. On Sunday morning someone brought a guitar there to play and sing, and mothers brought their children to witness the display.

The organizers thank Foster, who was instrumental in obtaining the use of the vacant former gas station property from its owner, Edgewood Properties. Thanks also go to sponsors Miller’s Rentals and Glatt 27.

*Harry Glazer contributed to this report.

Deborah Melman is a staff writer at The Jewish Link.

Enter Highland Park's Gingerbread House Competition, Held Nov. 25

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — Plan now to enter Highland Park's Gingerbread House Contest, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.Sign up for the contest here in advance: https://www.mainstreethp.org/g...Rules:Nov. 26:Calling all Highland Park small businesses:...

HIGHLAND PARK, NJ — Plan now to enter Highland Park's Gingerbread House Contest, held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

Sign up for the contest here in advance: https://www.mainstreethp.org/g...

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Calling all Highland Park small businesses:

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Support From Highland Park Coming for Striking RWJUH Nurses

Supporters from Highland Park of the 1,700 striking Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital nurses will join a vigil on Little Albany Street on Tuesday night.Photo Credit: Chuck O'Donnell By Chuck O'DonnellPublishedAugust 29, 2023 at 10:36 AMNEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – More than 1,700 striking nurses from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will...

Supporters from Highland Park of the 1,700 striking Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital nurses will join a vigil on Little Albany Street on Tuesday night.Photo Credit: Chuck O'Donnell

By Chuck O'Donnell

PublishedAugust 29, 2023 at 10:36 AM

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – More than 1,700 striking nurses from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital will be joined on the picket lines Tuesday by supporters from neighboring Highland Park.

Supporters of the nurses are scheduled to meet in front of the Reformed Church of Highland Park on Second Avenue at about 6:45 p.m.

Some of the striking nurses, who are represented by United Steel Works-4-200, will speak about the major sticking point in their negotiations with the hospital: the hiring of more nurses.

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The group will then walk across the Albany Street Bridge and join with the nurses on Little Albany Street near the hospital emergency room entrance at about 8 p.m. for a vigil, according to a press release sent to TAPinto New Brunswick.

“A core tenant of every faith tradition is accompaniment through times of struggle,” said Pastor Seth Kaper-Dale of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. “Proper accompaniment, a requirement for the nursing profession, leads to a variety of forms of healing.

“We trust nurses to let us know the proper and healthy balance of nurses to patients,” he added in the press release. “It should be the hearts, minds and voices of nurses, not laissez-faire capitalism, that guides nurse-to-patient ratios.”

The nurses went on strike at 7 a.m. on Aug. 4. There have been two negotiating sessions with mediators since. The nurses have said they are looking for a bump in pay and a cap on health insurance premiums, but the staffing is the biggest issue.

“Nurses are burning out at unsustainable rates since the start of the pandemic,” said Highland Park’s Sarah Caley, an interventional radiology nurse, in the press release. “This has created a perpetual revolving door for nurses in our inpatient units. It’s time Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital leadership stops seeing nurses as merely expenses and starts valuing nurses as assets. By investing in their nurses, they are investing in the health and well-being of their patients.”

The two sides last met Aug. 16 for about seven hours with the assistance of two federal mediators. There was no progress and no further dates for negotiations have been scheduled by the mediators.

The hospital contracted with an agency to bring in about 800 replacement nurses with the goal of continuing to provide uninterrupted care during the strike.

“We understand and recognize the toll the pandemic took on our nurses and have worked aggressively to address staffing,” according to a statement provided by a hospital spokesperson Monday. “Despite a nationwide nursing shortage, in which New Jersey is facing 14,000 nurse vacancies, RWJUH has added 200 staff nurse positions since 2022 and has reduced its nurse vacancy rate to nearly half the national average. RWJUH nurses are already the highest paid in the state, and all offers by the hospital would have significantly elevated their status.”

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