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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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, NJ
Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, 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 Neptune, NJ

Advanced Knee Pain Treatment Neptune, 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 Neptune, NJ

Neptune Women leads effort to help formerly incarcerated register to vote

Photo Credit: Alissa Deleo By Alissa Deleo PublishedMay 29, 2023 at 7:19 PMNEPTUNE CITY, NJ — Annette Scott of Neptune is on a mission to help the formerly incarcerated understand their voting rights as they re-enter society, ensuring that those who wish to may cast their ballots in the June 6 statewide primary election.Each Wednesday Scott, a League of Women Vote...

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By Alissa Deleo

PublishedMay 29, 2023 at 7:19 PM

NEPTUNE CITY, NJ — Annette Scott of Neptune is on a mission to help the formerly incarcerated understand their voting rights as they re-enter society, ensuring that those who wish to may cast their ballots in the June 6 statewide primary election.

Each Wednesday Scott, a League of Women Voters of Southern Monmouth County (LWVSMC) board member, conducts a one-hour course at NJ Reentry's office, 72 Morris Ave., Neptune City, where those on parole or probation in New Jersey are given the opportunity to register to vote and decide if they would like to become poll workers.

"I inform them of their voting rights," Scott said, adding, "I explain how understanding their voting rights in New Jersey can help them, their community and their families."

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During the weekly classes, Scott assisted by Donna Lembo helps formerly incarcerated citizens in their registration process by reviewing and mailing each application.

In March 2018, Scott formed a partnership between the LWVSMC and the Monmouth County chapter of the New Jersey Reentry Corporation to launch the Reenter-Register-Vote (RRV) initiative, which makes the voter registration process a regular part of a citizen's reentry into society once their sentence is complete.

Scott's program has now helped over 5,000 citizens vote and has successfully “planted seeds of interest that she hopes will grow into full participation in our democracy."

Twice a year before the primaries in June and the general election in November, Scott offers voter registration to those in parole facilities in Cumberland, Passaic, Camden and Mercer counties.

"When I tell them they can cast their vote and I see the look on their face and how they want to fill out the voter application — I'm happy," she said.

Scott also visits Morris and Camden jails to complete voter registration with detainees who have not been sentenced. She hopes to soon be offering this service in Monmouth County.

Scott said she is passionate about educating individuals on the importance of voting in all elections, not just presidential ones.

"Too many think that their vote doesn't count or that they can only vote for the president," Scott explained. "I educate them on the history of voting rights and encourage them to exercise their right to vote in local elections, such as for the mayor of their town, council members, state senators, and board of education."

The New Jersey Reentry Corporation is a nonprofit agency with a social mission to remove all barriers to employment for citizens returning from jail or prison. Former Gov. Jim McGreevey is chairman of the nonprofit's board.

The League of Women Voters is a 102-year-old nationwide, nonpartisan organization that originally encouraged women's suffrage and assisted women with the voting process.

The league's goal today is to keep voters informed and to "empower voters by defending democracy."

What’s happening this week at Neptune Public Library

The Neptune Public Library has announced its schedule of programs taking place the week of March 3, 2024. Photo Credit: Neptune Public Library By Alissa Deleo PublishedMarch 3, 2024 at 6:46 AMLast UpdatedMarch 3, 2024 at 6:46 AMNEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Neptune Public Library, located at 25 Neptune Blvd, has announced its schedule of programming planned for the week of March 3, 2024.Monday, March 4...

The Neptune Public Library has announced its schedule of programs taking place the week of March 3, 2024. Photo Credit: Neptune Public Library

By Alissa Deleo

PublishedMarch 3, 2024 at 6:46 AM

Last UpdatedMarch 3, 2024 at 6:46 AM

NEPTUNE TOWNSHIP, NJ — The Neptune Public Library, located at 25 Neptune Blvd, has announced its schedule of programming planned for the week of March 3, 2024.

Monday, March 4

An open tech lab will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

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The library will present a Reading to A Therapy Dog program from 4 to 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

The Teen Advisory Board will meet from 3 to 4 p.m. This program offers teens an opportunity to earn volunteer hours.

Learn and practice the basics of Google accounts in a hands-on class taking place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Participants will learn about all of the features of a free Google account including email services, document creation and photo storage. All laptop equipment will be provided. Please bring your current Google account login information or your smartphone for new account setup.

Wednesday, March 6

A free walk-in AARP Tax Prep is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library’s Toddlers & Wobblers Sensory Time will take place from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Craft Club will meet from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Thursday, March 7

A free walk-in AARP Tax Prep is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The library’s teen study group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m.

"The Bingeable Book Club" will meet at 6 p.m. Those interested in joining can do so by emailing Nicole: ndykeman@neptunepubliclibrary.org.

Friday, March 8

The library is offering a learning Italian course from 10 to 11 a.m.

Morning Story Time will take place at 11 a.m.

Friday afternoon Story Time will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Neptune Township Jersey Mike's Will Open Wednesday

NEPTUNE, NJ — Good news if you like Jersey Mike's: A Jersey Mike's will open Wednesday, Nov. 15 at ...

NEPTUNE, NJ — Good news if you like Jersey Mike's: A Jersey Mike's will open Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 2305 Rt. 66 in Neptune/Ocean Township, in between the Applebee's and the Dollar Tree, in the Starbucks plaza.

The franchise owner is Kyle Melone. The Neptune Jersey Mike's will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Contact this location directly at 732-982-2060. Or, place your order in-store or for pickup through the website or through the Jersey Mike’s app. Delivery is available in most areas through the Jersey Mike’s app or through third-party delivery partners.

From Nov. 15 - Nov. 19, he will hold a grand opening fundraiser to support nearby Wanamassa Elementary School and Fulfill Food Bank. Customers who received a special fundraising coupon prior to the opening can make a minimum $2 contribution to Wanamassa Elementary and Fulfill in exchange for a regular sub. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible.

The new location is also hiring: If you want to work there, apply at joinourteam@jmgives.com.

NJ artist turns Rubik's Cubes into stunning portraits, including Springsteen, Taylor Swift

Ethan Bruno has seen many twists and turns since becoming an artist. And that’s just to get things started on his masterpieces.Bruno, 35, makes art out of the popular Rubik’s Cube puzzle from the 1980s.Each mosaic ranges from 550 to 750 full-sized Rubik’s Cubes, and when the project is complete, it doesn’t look like a puzzle.It looks like a ...

Ethan Bruno has seen many twists and turns since becoming an artist. And that’s just to get things started on his masterpieces.

Bruno, 35, makes art out of the popular Rubik’s Cube puzzle from the 1980s.

Each mosaic ranges from 550 to 750 full-sized Rubik’s Cubes, and when the project is complete, it doesn’t look like a puzzle.

It looks like a work of art.

And it’s something that came together during a trip overseas a few years back.

“It really dates back to when I was traveling in 2021, I was in Spain at their version of the Museum of Modern Art,” said Bruno, a Neptune resident who is originally from the White Plains area. “They had one on display, it was a simplified display. I knew how to do the Rubik's Cube, I thought ‘I can do this.’ It took me a year and a half, I kind of let it go, and I thought ‘let me take a stab at it.’

“I had to get a thousand cubes. Searched for suppliers overseas. Went through a few until I was happy with the quality of the product and shipping speed. Finally settled on one, got custom cubes made. Then it’s about the design process, which is all digital. That’s where I start. That is a mixed bag of how long it can take.

“Some designs are fast. Others take me weeks or more.”

It’s not an easy process.

Heck, just doing the puzzle takes about a minute a cube, which sounds incredibly fast, but when you’re doing 500 of them, that’s a long day at the office.

Then it’s about picking the right subject.

While a lover of the arts, Bruno’s first stab at his art was when he created a piece on music producer Skrillex.

Bruno picked him because he’s also a huge fan of his musical work.

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“I used to make music back in the day, 10 years ago, he was a big inspiration. He’s a music producer and carved out his own niche in 2010s. Really cool because it’s all merit-based. Totally based on music. Great for guys breaking into the music industry. So I started with him, and it took me much longer than any of the ones I’m doing now because I had to learn.

“First time, I didn’t have a good system down, it wasn’t my favorite or best work, but I got to the end of it thinking ‘Wow, this is really cool.’ If I can improve speed and workflow and make it easier, I can put a bunch together. Then I did a Taylor Swift one, that was a little bit better, with a much-improved workflow.”

Like anything, the more practice Bruno gets, the better it becomes.

And now his projects are starting to have a Jersey Shore fell to it. He did that to boost recognition and at the same time, pay homage to his home.

The one he put on his social media pages is a great one of the skip, Tony Soprano. Later designs were of Little Steven Van Zandt, and of course, Asbury Park’s favorite son Bruce Springsteen.

That one will be a hot seller.

“I met with an art gallery in Long Branch, and showed him one of my works,” Bruno said. “He said ‘the Springsteen one would go in a second. Someone over the summer will buy it in a heartbeat.’ That’s the thinking of the Stevie Van Zant. I have a design for Stone Pony. It’s more to pay respects to the locals around here, the Shore area, and Jersey in general.

“When I did the Tony Soprano one, once I put that on social media about a week ago, it’s gotten some views. It’s nice to get them because I need people to know about it. But it’s also to honor the Jersey Shore.”

While this isn’t his full-time job yet – he’s worked in the food industry managing restaurants and he’s also worked in marketing and is now very busy with a new baby born five weeks ago – he’s hoping someday his art becomes his career.

His works usually cost between $ 4,500 to $6,500, and his work comes fully framed. He said he’s happy to do custom pieces, and advises the best way to order is through his website.

So far, it’s been nothing but compliments. He said he’s excited to see where this takes him.

“It’s really fun, that’s why I did it, I wanted to see if I liked it and enjoyed it,” Bruno said. “It’s therapeutic, I put on music and step away from electronics, the world for a number of hours at a time while I’m building them.

“I just have to sit down. First you do the Rubik’s Cube, that is the easier part. I can do it in about a minute. It’s not a great accomplishment, some do it in 8 seconds. But that’s the easy part. It’s the designing process. That’s harder, more challenging to figure out. But it’s also a lot of fun.

“It’s not rocket science, but there’s a variety of steps that’s not very clear and visual even if you’re a graphic designer. That’s the fun part, figuring it out. Then when you see it, yeah, it’s great.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean there haven’t been heartbreaks.

After making some of his finest work, after admiring it, if they’re not sold, they’re taken down.

“It is heartbreaking at times, it’s hard,” he said. “I build them, took photos and then it’s deconstruction. It does hurt, but until I have a huge art gallery, it’s hard to keep them all in my house.”

Neptune official: Goal to relocate homeless people living in tent city

Charles DayeNEPTUNE - Township, county and state officials have been meeting to determine how best to help and support residents of a growing tent city behind the ShopRite along Route 66.The ...

Charles Daye

NEPTUNE - Township, county and state officials have been meeting to determine how best to help and support residents of a growing tent city behind the ShopRite along Route 66.

The encampment is located behind the parking lots of ShopRite and the Zen Leaf dispensary and borders residential homes on Cardinal Road. Unhoused individuals have made their homes in the woods for the better part of the last decade, and the number of people living there has grown to several dozen.

At the March 27 Township Committee meeting, Business Administrator Gina LaPlaca spoke about the township's recent private meeting with the owner of the property and government officials.

"The township hosted a meeting on March 17 with the DC office of homeless prevention, the owner of the property where the encampment is located and all representatives of all the relevant township departments having oversight of the issues occurring at the camp," LaPlaca said.

The landowner has agreed to grant access to the property to state, county and township personnel, and the township has formally requested technical assistance from the state, LaPlaca said.

She added the township is now in the data collection stage of the technical assistance process to identify who is living in the encampment, what resources are available to them based on their need, and opportunities for relocation, LaPlaca said.

She added that the goal is "finding appropriate relocation for these folks."

The next in-person meeting between township, county and state officials is tentatively scheduled for next month.

During the public comment portion of the March 27 meeting, resident Gary Brown thanked the governing body for the update and said since the last meeting "no trespassing" signs have been put up.

"How and when are they enforced and by whom? There have been more tents put up on the side of the ShopRite, and with that I appreciate what you're trying to do with helping them find new homes or help but in regard to the trash I really haven't seen much movement with that," Brown said.

"It does blow into our yards, and we would appreciate any movement with that," Brown added.

He told the committee that he also understood that last week one of the people living in the tent city was assaulted.

"So with all this nice stuff that is going on at a slower pace, just realize there are things going on there at a much faster pace," Brown said.

Charles Daye is the metro reporter for Asbury Park and Neptune, with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. @CharlesDayeAPP Contact him: CDaye@gannettnj.com

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