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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 Jamesburg, 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:

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Arthritis

Soft tissue injury

ACL tears

MCL tears

Patella dislocation

Misalignment of the kneecap

Patella tendonitis

Jumper's knee

Osgood Schlatter's Disease

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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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Jamesburg, 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 Jamesburg, NJ

Two longtime Jamesburg businesses close their doors

After more than 80 years, Mendoker's closed its doors; Body and Soul to close next month@SusanLoyerMyCJJAMESBURG - It's an end of an era for two longtime borough businesses.Mendoker's Quality Bakery, a popular, iconic bakery that has tempted the palates of customers for 84 years, has closed. A second business, Body & Soul, which has been a staple in the community for years, is expected to close next month.Mendoker's Quality Bakery at 34 W. Railroad Ave., announced in a Facebook post Sunday tha...

After more than 80 years, Mendoker's closed its doors; Body and Soul to close next month

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JAMESBURG - It's an end of an era for two longtime borough businesses.

Mendoker's Quality Bakery, a popular, iconic bakery that has tempted the palates of customers for 84 years, has closed. A second business, Body & Soul, which has been a staple in the community for years, is expected to close next month.

Mendoker's Quality Bakery at 34 W. Railroad Ave., announced in a Facebook post Sunday that it was forced to close its doors permanently as of Monday.

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"We have weathered many storms together in this great town and have celebrated so many special occasions with so many families over the years," the Facebook post by owners Ed and Nicole Mendoker said. "We consider our loyal customers as part of our extended family, many we greet by name, and it is heartbreaking to see our time come to an end. We have done everything in our power to keep our ovens hot and our handcrafted items on the shelf, but have become burdened with too many setbacks that we cannot overcome. We will not let our quality suffer for any reason."

According to its website, the business opened on April 1, 1932. The business has been such an integral part of the community that a sign at an entrance to the borough reads: Welcome to Jamesburg. Home of Mendoker's Bakery."

Customers far and near expressed their disappointment with the closing on Facebook.

"Very SAD day. So many great memories," wrote Patricia Vash.

"So sorry," wrote Barbara Rhodes. "Very sad to see you go. Went there a lot. Started taking my grandson !!"

"Even after I moved to California in 1989, I would still come in every trip back," Matt Sebastiano wrote. "Thank you so much for the smile that you put on my and my family's face for 37 years. I wish you all well."

In response to the posts from patrons, Ed and Nicole wrote late Monday afternoon: "Thank you for all the well wishes they mean a great deal to us! There isn't much in this world aside from family what I love more than baking, I was born on a bakers bench and there is flour in my veins. I will miss working with my children, teaching them my trade that has been so good to my family for generations. Most of all I will miss the first birthday cakes of my customers children and when they are old enough to come in to the bakery, watch the smiles on there faces when the " cookie lady" gives them a cookie. I am very sorry we closed, reading this posts makes me regret it more with each word! It was out of our control, it just had to be. Thank you for the opportunity to be your Baker."

Nearby Body & Soul, at 79 E. Railroad Ave., also is calling it quits.

"It's sad," said Monroe resident Ruth "Wuzzy" O'Carroll, who owns the business with her husband, George. "The customers have become like part of the family. We know everybody. I feel bad, but a lot of people were able to get things from us that are now sold over the internet or in the box stores."

The business opened in 1974 as The Right Track on Railroad Avenue, two or three blocks from its current location, O'Carroll said. In 1981, the business changed its name to Body & Soul and relocated to the Apple Plaza on Applegarth Road in Monroe, where they remained for about eight years before moving to a new location on Railroad Avenue in the borough.

"We moved to what was the former home of a go-go bar, called The Quarter Keg," O'Carroll said. "On the roof they had a picture of a keg of beer with suds coming out."

The business sells health and beauty aids, food supplements, cosmetics and a selection of Christian literature, including books, music and Bibles, as well as gifts and jewelry.

"We had a very active cafe, where we had music," she said. "We had authors visit. Once a month we showed a movie, which we were actually selling. It was like a ministry for us. People would come and meet other people. We would have coffee and goodies. It was a place they could feel safe. It was going well until the town told us we couldn't use it for assembly. We stopped that about a year ago and that really cut our business."

O'Carroll said a going-out-of-business sale has been going on at the store since Oct. 15.

Mayor Marlene Lowande did not respond for a request for comment.

Staff Writer Susan Loyer: 732-565-7243; sloyer@gannettnj.com

Forgotten Howell Cemetery Gets A Makeover From Jamesburg Man

Brewer Cemetery, tucked behind a busy Howell road, is easy to miss. Six New Jersey residents wanted to change that. Patch Staff|Updated Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 11:21 am ETHOWELL, NJ – It’s not hard to miss the centuries-old Brewer Cemetery if you’re not looking for it. For decades, the Howell location has been overgrown with weeds and rotting tombstones buried under thick brush on Squankum Road. Last week, several area locals set out to change that.As first reported by ...

Brewer Cemetery, tucked behind a busy Howell road, is easy to miss. Six New Jersey residents wanted to change that.

Patch Staff

|Updated Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 11:21 am ET

HOWELL, NJ – It’s not hard to miss the centuries-old Brewer Cemetery if you’re not looking for it. For decades, the Howell location has been overgrown with weeds and rotting tombstones buried under thick brush on Squankum Road. Last week, several area locals set out to change that.

As first reported by News 12 New Jersey, Jamesburg resident Ron Errickson had no connection to the cemetery, having only driven by the location in recent years. Yet, for several days over the past week, Errickson and five other individuals cleaned up Brewer Cemetery in order to memorialize the individuals buried in the “forgotten” location.

The locals cut grass, remarked tombstones and trimmed tree branches to beautify the local memorial.

“There’s people that were laid to rest here, that’s full of history. We have veterans all around us here, probably about 9 or 10 that were buried here,” Errickson told News 12 New Jersey. “I did this out of my own time, my own money. I got everybody together and had this happen, and I’m very happy with this.”

According to New Jersey State Library documents, the plot began as a burial ground for Shrewsbury resident Adam Brewer. In his 1768 will, the land was set aside for Brewer’s family cemetery, which was subsequently maintained for several generations.

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Hundreds of individuals were buried in the location over the years, including several Civil War and World War I veterans. Many of the cemetery’s tombstones date back to the early 1800s, with its oldest recorded burial dating back to 1806.

It was only after Brewer’s direct relatives left the area that the location became ill-kept and overgrown. That is, until Errikson and other locals made the effort to restore the resting place.

You can view what the location looked like before the cleanup here.

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'Nothing gold can stay': Beloved Fiddleheads bistro in Jamesburg to serve final meal

A longtime restaurant in Jamesburg known for its eclectic food and friendly staff is closing its doors.Fiddleheads Restaurant, New American Bistro at 27 East Railroad Ave. will close at the end of business on Sunday June 18, the co-owners, General Manager Brian Blatz and Executive Chef Dan Davis, announced.“It's exactly 19 years since we took it over, and 31 y...

A longtime restaurant in Jamesburg known for its eclectic food and friendly staff is closing its doors.

Fiddleheads Restaurant, New American Bistro at 27 East Railroad Ave. will close at the end of business on Sunday June 18, the co-owners, General Manager Brian Blatz and Executive Chef Dan Davis, announced.

“It's exactly 19 years since we took it over, and 31 years since its initial opening by the Colluras,” they wrote in an email to staff last week, adding “it’s a deeply sad moment.”

Recent challenges have been too great to continue running the 60-seat, BYOB restaurant, they wrote.

“Even with the support of all of you reading this, we just cannot muster enough to remain in business in this environment,” the email said, adding serious illnesses to Davis have taken a huge toll on the business. … “It was everything to us and we met so many fine people along the way.”

Blatz was working in publishing and Davis in IT when their jobs came to an end in 2003 and 2004, respectively. Davis suggested the New Brunswick residents get into the restaurant business.

“Dan had a background in restaurant management and at the time cooked at home for our house parties, which we often had," Blatz said. “The business just happened to be for sale at the time.”

Blatz, a novice in the business, realized immediately that customer engagement was very important.

"It came natural to me," he said. "You follow protocols on how to do certain things, but the rest in terms of food and how you engage with customers, we had to create that, and we did."

Being in the restaurant business is not “all peaches and cream,” Blatz said, but the pros far outweighed the cons.

“It comes in waves,” he said. “You really don’t anticipate this when you’re opening up a business. You just roll with it, and we rolled with it for as long as we could. We felt if we’re going in this together, we’re going to marry it and we embraced that."

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The restaurant was able to navigate COVID, thanks to some neighborly help.

When outdoor dining was permitted during the pandemic, a next-door business, Archer Law Office, which had a wraparound porch, offered to let them use it.

“They came to our rescue," Blatz said. “Every time Carl (Archer) came into the restaurant we would point him out and say he is our hero. It became known as Carl’s porch. Carl remains a very good friend of ours. There were other people like Carl, who didn’t want to see us go. They wanted to help. We told them to just come in, let us practice our craft and we’ll be OK, and it all worked out.”

What Blatz said they’ll miss most is their customers and employees.

“We’re sad that we’re closing, but we are glad that we have had this wonderful opportunity and have met all these wonderful people,” he said.

The restaurant had a loyal following, Blatz said. Many were repeat customers, who celebrated birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions, and some have even become their close friends, he said.

"It’s not a fancy place, but it did become a special place for a lot of people," he said. "So many people referred to it as their home restaurant. They didn’t say let’s go to Fiddleheads. They would say let’s go to Brian and Dan’s. That’s the kind of stuff that I’ll miss."

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Blatz said the restaurant has been packed since last week’s announcement. He and Davis have no specific plans for the future.

“Thanks for all the joy and the memories, and for sticking with us all these years,” the two wrote in their email. “Nothing gold can stay, but it can remain golden in your heart.”

A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help support Davis and Blatz who are struggling with significant medical expenses in addition to the restaurant closing.

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Jamesburg Public Library closing for major improvements

JAMESBURG – The Jamesburg Public Library will temporarily close after Saturday for a much-needed makeover.The upper and lower levels of the library, located at 229 Gatzmer Ave., will be redesigned and reconfigured with new furniture.The project will take roughly 50 days to complete, with an anticipated reopening around May 31, said Councilman Thomas J. Emens, a member of the library’s Board of Trustees."This project is a bold and long overdue investment in our library, which will ensure that the JPL is a...

JAMESBURG – The Jamesburg Public Library will temporarily close after Saturday for a much-needed makeover.

The upper and lower levels of the library, located at 229 Gatzmer Ave., will be redesigned and reconfigured with new furniture.

The project will take roughly 50 days to complete, with an anticipated reopening around May 31, said Councilman Thomas J. Emens, a member of the library’s Board of Trustees.

"This project is a bold and long overdue investment in our library, which will ensure that the JPL is an asset to our community and a destination for residents for many years to come,” Emens said. "We look forward to working with all of our community partners to build a bright future for the Jamesburg Public Library."

The reconfigured upper level will house an updated book collection with a permanent children’s section, a redesigned patron service area, and stations for technology. The lower level will become a community center with a lounge reading area, tutoring and studying space for students, and a meeting area for the public, according to the library's website.

The project includes replacement of the library’s restroom toilets and sinks and painting the library’s main room, break room, office, bathrooms, hallway, vestibule, doors, trims, exterior overhang and railing.

The project also includes upgrades to electric and landscape, as well as new flooring.

The past few years have been difficult for the library as it navigated the pandemic and a recovery storm damage, library officials said.

In November 2022, the library began thinking about ways to optimize space to meet the community's current and future needs.

"This renovation project is our way of turning these challenges into an opportunity to upgrade our facilities to better serve the residents of Jamesburg," Emens said.

The Board of Trustees allotted $145,000 for capital improvements in the library’s 2023 operating budget, repurposing funds that were unused when the library was closed during the pandemic.

"The library is thrilled to write its next chapter," said Library Director Gabriella Oakley. "We look forward to seeing everyone during our grand opening later this spring."

Jamesburg residents with library cards will be able to check out books at any other consortium member libraries in neighboring towns. They will also be able to access e-books and other digital media online through Hoopla and Libby and sign up for temporary library cards.

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Popular N.J. bakery abruptly closes its doors after 84 years

JAMESBURG -- A popular bakery in the borough has shuttered its doors after more than 80 years of business.Mendoker's Quality Bakery in Jamesburg was a mainstay in the tiny Middlesex County borough, and in the state of New Jersey, for 84 years.On Sunday, the bakery's owners, Ed and Nicole Mendoker, posted on Facebook that the business would shut down for good on Monday."We have weathered many storms together in this great town and have celebra...

JAMESBURG -- A popular bakery in the borough has shuttered its doors after more than 80 years of business.

Mendoker's Quality Bakery in Jamesburg was a mainstay in the tiny Middlesex County borough, and in the state of New Jersey, for 84 years.

On Sunday, the bakery's owners, Ed and Nicole Mendoker, posted on Facebook that the business would shut down for good on Monday.

"We have weathered many storms together in this great town and have celebrated so many special occasions with so many families over the years," the post read. "We consider our loyal customers as part of our extended family, many we greet by name, and it is heartbreaking to see our time come to an end."

The Mendokers did not give a reason for the abrupt closing. Ed Mendoker declined to talk about the closing of the bakery when approached by a reporter at his home.

"It's too soon," he said.

It is with heavy heart full of sorrow that we must announce after 84yrs of business, we will be forced to permanently...

Posted by Mendokers Quality Bakery on Sunday, October 23, 2016

The bakery has had its financial troubles. Records show the state issued three tax liens against the business totaling more than $75,000 in 2013 and 2014, though all three were released in 2015. In May, debt collectors filed two civil lawsuits in Middlesex County against the bakery totally $8,000, according to court records.

On Monday morning, a steady stream of customers arrived at the bakery, only to be greeted with the bad news instead of tasty treats.

James Cavanaugh said he would make the trip to Mendoker's Bakery from East Brunswick every Sunday to get donuts for his five children. A loyal customer for 40 years, Cavanaugh, 78, said he'll miss the "hometown bakery."

"They were like family," he said of the Mendokers. "It was the hallmark of the town."

Cavanaugh said the bakery was so well-known in the area, people used it as a geographical landmark when giving directions.

John Emilio, 41, who owns a contracting business a couple storefronts down from Mendokers, said he was at the bakery three days ago and everything appeared to be fine.

"It's sad. This has been a staple of Jamesburg since I've been here," Emilio, who has lived in neighboring Monroe for 13 years, said. "It's sad to see another nice place like this close in Jamesburg. I guess all good things have to come to an end."

NJ Advance Media research editor Vinessa Erminio contributed to this report.

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