What Do Knee Arthritis Pain and a Toothache Have In Common?

Knee Arthritis vs. Toothache

Knee arthritis is a very common condition, and one of the most frequently treated ones here at AROmotion. Even so, many patients don’t have all of the facts when it comes to treating severe knee arthritis pain and end up going through total knee replacement surgery before exploring other options.

When it comes to understanding knee arthritis pain, it’s important for patients to understand not just the root causes, but also all of the options to stop the pain so they can get back to pain-free motion. In this article, we share Dr. Robert Dean’s favorite knee arthritis pain analogy that he often uses to help his patients understand the differences between knee replacement surgery and AROmoiton, a minimally invasive alternative.

Knee arthritis pain is precisely like a toothache. 

When you get a cavity, the nerves underneath the hard enamel are not protected and feel pain from the pressure of chewing. The dentist always wants to try and save your tooth, so they will first see if a filling or root canal will stop the nerve pain and solve your problem. When the tooth is cracked or mechanically too far gone, the dentist will place a crown over the root. 

A crown treats your tooth pain by cutting and grinding away the top of the tooth, down to the root, because that is where the painful nerve endings live. By cutting out the top of your tooth, the pain is gone…but so is most of your tooth! This is why the lab has to make a porcelain cap to glue on top of the root so you can chew.

Total knee replacement surgery is precisely like a tooth crown.

The orthopedic surgeon cuts away the ends of the bone where the painful nerve endings live. This makes your knee pain go away…but now you don’t have a knee joint! So, the implant company provides a titanium prosthetic hinge that the surgeon glues onto the cut-off ends of the bone so you can walk.

AROmotion will have one of our board-certified physicians review your images and medical case to determine if your knee is mechanically intact. If you are a candidate, we can stop the nerve pain, heal the cavities and save your natural joint.

AROmotion uses FDA-approved micro procedures that are fully covered by Medicare and most commercial insurance plans! Complete the form below today to request your no-risk imaging review and doctor’s consultation.

Dr. Dean’s Favorite Fall Recipes

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The fall season is upon us, which means cozy clothes, cozy spaces, and most importantly, cozy meals. Fall produce can be the perfect addition to your everyday favorites and elevate a dish in both a taste and health aspect!

Today we’re taking a peek into our founder Dr. Robert Dean’s fall favorites. All are sure to please and keep you feeling your best, especially for those looking to diet to help manage chronic joint pain.

“This is the perfect time of year to switch up your daily meal routine and incorporate seasonal vegetables and flavors to get the most out of fall,” says Dr. Dean. “Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to stay on track with your health. By selecting fresh produce, lean proteins, and other joint-healthy ingredients, you can still savor every bite!”

Sweet Potato Salad. Salads aren’t just reserved for the summer. This sweet potato salad is filled with inflammation fighters, deliciousness, and fall crops. The star of the dish, the sweet potato, is rich in antioxidants and anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient. In addition to the sweet potato, the salad features healthy fat from avocado and dark leafy greens for inflammation prevention. We love this recipe from Love and Lemons.

Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal. Dr. Dean encourages healthy and balanced breakfasts to fuel up for the day ahead and this dish offers just that. The maple pumpkin oatmeal is essentially the taste of fall in a bowl with filling oats, pumpkin, and walnuts. The pumpkin puree in this recipe offers nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene to reduce joint inflammation. While the added walnuts provide omega-3s to the dish. Snag Oat & Sesame’s full recipe here.

Turkey Chili. Something about chili just exudes fall energy. Bonus points for the fact that it is comprised of some power foods to keep you and your joints healthy and strong. With lean turkey, filling beans, and plenty of olive oil and garlic, this chili is the ideal meal to have simmering on your stove. Ambitious Kitchen’s Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is one of our favorites. You can even top it with avocado for some added health benefits! 

Pasta e Fagioli. A simple and filling fall soup is an Italian classic, pasta e fagioli; meaning pasta and beans. This filling recipe leads with cannellini beans as the main ingredient and offers anti-inflammatory properties to the dish. You’ll also find more anti-inflammatory benefits from the garlic and onions in this satisfying recipe. Find the full recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod here.

No-Sugar-Added Oatmeal Cookies. We had to include a little something for your sweet tooth!With a base of whole grains and bananas and chopped dates for the perfect balance of sweetness, this recipe checks all the boxes. You’ll find these cookies by Eating Well are filled with whole ingredients and completely satisfying. 

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

4 Ways to Combat Aging Anxiety

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Growing older can induce some anxiety, especially in a world where it sometimes seems like people are aging backward. Maybe another wrinkle appeared in the mirror or you’re unable to move as swiftly as you once did. However, aging is a gift. The aches and pains are merely a sign of your body carrying you through both the challenging and the fun.

While feeling the anxieties of getting older is completely normal, there are quite a few ways to feel more empowered and grateful for the process. After all, everyone gets older, but not everyone’s mindset is set to do it gracefully.

  • Keep moving. Regular activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga are great ways to keep you feeling your best. The gentle movements can help alleviate joint pain, keep your heart healthy and strong, and keep those endorphins up!
  • Fuel your body. Feel your best from the inside out by eating foods that make you feel good and balanced. Think of incorporating things like fresh, sweet fruits, hearty oatmeals, and crisp fresh veggies into your diet. Don’t forget to indulge occasionally, too! It’s good for the soul and if it’s dark chocolate, it’s good for the heart [1].
  • Focus on what you CAN do. It’s easy to feel down and out when you focus on the things you are no longer able to do. Instead of honing in on the fact that running a marathon is no longer in the cards, shift your mindset to focus on what you can do. Is that going on a mile morning walk with a good friend or being able to whip up a top-notch Thanksgiving dinner? Whatever you consider a win, focus on that. Be proud!
  • Acknowledge those feelings. We get it. Some days the feelings of anxiety or worry hit harder than others. Those feelings are valid and deserve to be acknowledged. Bottling it up will only make you hold onto those feelings longer. Talk to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling or take a stroll in the fresh air to help release those tense feelings. You’ll be in a better position to move forward and focus on what you can control.

There is no doubt that the aging process is one that can leave you feeling anxious, however, we hope these four tips will help you navigate the process a little better. Keep moving, stay strong, and remember all that you are capable of doing. 

If chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain is adding to your aging anxiety, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.

Yoga for Joint Pain Management

Healthy senior woman doing yoga at home

Exercise has been shown to be a pertinent part of managing joint pain and stiffness [1]. The whole point is to strengthen the area around the joint and alleviate tension build-up. If you’re looking for a gentler exercise routine to incorporate into your daily activity, yoga may be the movement for you.

“I often recommend yoga to my patients who want to stay active while managing joint pain,” says AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean. “Don’t let appearances fool you, either! Yoga is a challenging exercise that requires focus from both the body and the mind. Even though your movements are low-impact and fluid, you’ll still get your heart rate up which is important.”

Yoga’s gentle movements make it an ideal exercise for managing joint pain. The flows and slow, intentional movements found in yoga have the ability to improve joint flexibility, strengthen muscles, and reduce tension [2]. Looking for a few that are easy to incorporate into any routine? We’re sharing three of our favorites below.

Cat-Cow

The Cat-Cow pose is ideal to open up the shoulders and stretch the spine. Not only does this beginning movement increase mobility in the spine, but it also strengthens and stretches your hands and wrists.          

Forward Fold

This pose focuses on the hip joints and can help with stiff muscles. When standing up and bending forward, this gentle stretch will strengthen both your hips and knees while working on that flexibility! [3

Bound Angle Pose

Known as a cool-down pose, the bound angle pose offers the ability to open the hips and strengthen knee joints. By placing your feet together while sitting and bending the knees, you’ll reap the benefits after a few minutes.

Just like any exercise program, consult your doctor on what movements will work best and safely for you.

If knee, hip, or shoulder pain is stopping you from enjoying your favorite exercises or activities, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.

5 Ideas to Get Moving Now

Man overlooking water on bike

When it comes to joint pain, the discomfort may leave you wanting to do anything but move. However, that may do more harm than good. Managing discomfort can be as easy as daily movements and low-impact exercises. Shown to be beneficial in both prevention and recovery, movement can come in all kinds of forms. Not sure where to start? We have five ideas to get you up and moving ASAP.

Walking. Not only is walking a great way to get around and explore your neighborhood, but it’s also a great way to keep your body moving and keeping discomfort at bay. You can even mix walking into the beginning of your workout routine to warm up. This can reduce potential muscle soreness and prevent injuries.  

Swimming. Did you know that when in the water a majority of your body weight is supported? Due to this, it allows you to move in ways you may find uncomfortable outside of the pool. Water activities such as swimming, water aerobics, and water jogging give you the ability to move with ease and strengthen the areas around your joints. [1]

Yoga. Take it to the mat for pain relief. It’s no secret that yoga has many benefits when it comes to alleviating stress and strengthening the body. Overall, the gentle flows and movements are known for being easy on the joints [2]. Given the variety of yoga styles, there are plenty that can play a role in helping keep joint pain in check by strengthening and improving flexibility.

Cycling. Another way to get out and explore the world, all while staying in motion! If you’re someone that is looking for a little more from your movements, cycling may be for you. With the ability to adjust the intensity, you can ensure you’re working at your pace and comfort level [3]. Whether that’s cycling outdoors or pedaling it out on a stationary bike, you’re bound to reap the benefits of strength training and limiting discomfort.

Stretching. An easy way to get started is to incorporate stretching into your daily routine. While you may not think stretching can prevent and alleviate discomfort, a variety of dynamic and static stretches can make all the difference.

Regardless of how you decide to move, it is encouraged to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.  Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine to ensure what route is best for you.

If knee, hip, or shoulder pain is stopping you from enjoying your favorite exercises or activities, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our non-surgical orthopedic procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.

Knee Pain: Meniscus Tears vs. Arthritis

Rendering of knee

Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries that can happen at any age. These tears have symptoms that are very similar to knee osteoarthritis, such as pain, swelling, and lack of mobility. For older patients with knee pain, it’s important to understand the differences between pain from a meniscus tear and pain from knee osteoarthritis in order to get proper treatment. In this article, we asked our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, to explain these differences and how meniscus tears and knee osteoarthritis are often connected.

Knee Pain: Torn Meniscus or Osteoarthritis?

“In younger individuals, a torn meniscus is most often the result of a sudden twist in the knee during activity,” says Dr. Dean.  “Tears can also happen as the meniscus wears down with age. Most people over the age of 60 have some degree of meniscus tearing, fraying, or degenerative thinning.”

To identify the root cause of knee pain, patients should first think about when the pain started. This, combined with the patient’s age and general activity level can help determine if the pain is due to a torn meniscus or osteoarthritis.

“If knee pain started suddenly, or after rigorous activity such as running or participating in sports, the pain may be the result of a meniscus tear,” says Dean. “But, if the pain has been increasing steadily over time and you can’t pinpoint an exact time or cause, the pain could be the result of arthritis.”

To put everything into layman’s terms, Dr. Dean explains it like this:

  • Meniscus tears and osteoarthritis can be confusing because both conditions affect cartilage in the knee.
  • The meniscus is a tough and rubbery cartilage that absorbs shock in the knee between the shin and thigh bones.
  • When a meniscus tear occurs, patients often feel an immediate sharp pain after the injury.
  • While some meniscus tears can be severe and require surgery, many cases can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and over the counter medications.
  • Knee osteoarthritis is the general term for the disease that wears down hyaline cartilage, which is the hard and slick coating that prevents the bones from grinding against each other. It’s the same cartilage you find at the end of a chicken bone.
  • Hyaline cartilage typically wears down in spots, which Dean describes as “tiny potholes in your chicken bone cartilage”. The medical term for this wearing is Chondromalacia.
  • As knee osteoarthritis worsens and the cartilage wears down more, this can cause a “bone on bone” diagnosis indicating that the cartilage is no longer providing a barrier between the bones, causing them to rub against one another.
  • Once you are diagnosed as bone on bone, this means you have no meniscus left and it cannot be the cause of your pain.
  • However, those with meniscus tears can still develop knee osteoarthritis and it’s important to watch for symptoms over time.

Diagnosing Your Knee Pain

“Whenever knee pain impacts your daily activities, it’s time to see your doctor,” says Dean. “Once you discuss the cause of your pain, your doctor may take X-Rays to properly diagnose the condition and recommend treatment. If for any reason you are told you must have surgery – always seek a second opinion.”

According to Dean, surgery may provide some patients with the relief they need while others can successfully treat the pain without the risks of surgery.

“At AROmotion, our treatment can stop pain from knee osteoarthritis fast and without surgery,” says Dean. “If you or a loved one has been told that your only option is total knee replacement surgery, I encourage you to seek another opinion first. At AROmotion, we offer free consultations where we can determine if you are a candidate for our minimally-invasive treatment as an alternative to surgery.”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Dr. Dean’s Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day? According to AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean, it is! While it may be tempting to skip breakfast due to the morning rush or to skip the calories, Dr. Dean says that a healthy and balanced breakfast offers the following benefits:

  • Kickstarts your metabolism and energy for the day
  • Fuels your brain so you can focus on the day’s tasks
  • Helps reduce the risk of overeating later in the day

That said, not all breakfasts are created equal – especially for those trying to manage chronic joint pain through diet.

“For patients with joint pain, it’s important to choose foods that will help control inflammation and not contribute to weight gain, which can put additional strain on the impacted joints,” says Dr. Dean. “When it comes to breakfast, I always advise my patients to choose a balanced meal consisting of lean proteins, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. Avoid processed foods and items that are loaded with sugar.”

The good news is that there’s no shortage of delicious options when it comes to making a healthy breakfast at home. In fact, Dr. Dean has his own list of favorite recipes that are loaded with health benefits and easy to whip up quickly at home:

Avocado Toast. This simple recipe has everything – healthy fats, whole grains, veggies, and lean protein. Start by toasting 1-2 pieces of whole-grain bread. Top each slice with ½ avocado that’s been smashed with lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and your favorite fresh veggies like diced tomatoes and onions. For a hit of protein, add an egg cooked to your preference. If you like heat, top with red pepper flakes or hot sauce.

Breakfast Wrap. Add two scrambled eggs, chopped turkey bacon, and your favorite chopped veggies to a warm or grilled whole-grain wrap. Sprinkle on a little low-fat shredded cheese, roll it up, slice it in half, and enjoy!

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes. For those who can’t do without something sweet for breakfast, this healthier pancake recipe delivers on both texture and flavor while being free from gluten, dairy, and sugar. Banana and rolled oats replace traditional flourr and best of all, you can still top these with 100% real maple syrup! Get the recipe from Modern Honey here.

Greek Yogurt Parfait.  When it comes to yogurt, Dr. Dean prefers Greek because it’s high in protein and contains probiotics. Avoid flavored varieties which may contain added sugars and instead, add your own by creating a parfait layered with the yogurt and your favorite fresh fruits. This also makes a great dessert!

Simple Breakfast. Eggs are one of the healthiest breakfast options available because they are packed with protein and healthy fats. If you are craving something old school, start with eggs done your way – just avoid adding too much butter or oil in preparation – and pair with crisp turkey bacon, your favorite fresh fruit, and a slice of whole-grain toast.

“I always carve out time to sit down and enjoy a healthy breakfast each morning,” says Dean. “It’s become a relaxing daily ritual that gives me energy and keeps me full through the afternoon. And, by choosing the right ingredients, you can help reduce inflammation and keep your joint pain in check.”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Your Mental Health Checklist

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“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” – Glenn Close

Mental health impacts how we think, feel, and go about our everyday lives. Even so, it has often been overlooked when talking about overall health and wellbeing due to outdated stigmas and cultural attitudes. Thankfully, those stigmas are starting to lift due to many high-profile individuals like actress Glenn Close speaking openly and honestly about mental health.

Like any other aspect of life, our mental health needs change as we get older. However, while age brings experience and wisdom that can help build stress management skills, physical changes can impact our emotional wellbeing, such as chronic pain and other age-related physical health issues.

“At AROmotion, I primarily treat patients over the age of 55 with chronic joint pain,” says Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion. “While the primary goal of our treatment is to stop joint pain, I also focus on the mental health aspect of it.”

According to Dean, living with chronic joint pain is stressful, both physically and emotionally.

“When stress reactions are triggered, the body undergoes hormonal changes that can throw you off balance, shift your mood, disrupt your sleep, and eventually lead to anxiety or depression,” he says. “Once a patient reaches a state where pain has impacted mental health, stopping the pain isn’t enough. Once we turn off the pain, then the patient needs to nurture their mental health so they can get back to enjoying everyday life.”

Managing mental health may seem overwhelming, but Dr. Dean says a simple checklist is all we need to stay on track:

Eat a Balanced Diet. Whole foods like fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and healthy fats aren’t just good for the waistline – they are also good to help balance our mood. While it’s OK to indulge every now and then, overeating processed or fried foods can cause fatigue and hurt stress and anxiety.

Get Moving. Don’t let chronic pain stop you from getting some movement every day. Low-impact workouts are great to stay on track, and this includes walking. If you are concerned about aggravating existing pain, talk with your doctor about the best workout plan for you.

Enjoy the Outdoors. Exposure to fresh air and natural light can be an instant mood booster! And studies show that exposure to natural light during the day helps us sleep better at night.

Prioritize Sleep. Don’t believe the myth that we need less sleep as we age! Older adults still need 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night. If you regularly have trouble falling asleep, try creating a new relaxing bedtime ritual like a hot bath, and be sure to stick to a regular bedtime schedule. If chronic pain is keeping you up, talk with your doctor about your options.

Stay Connected. Spending time with friends and loved ones is an essential part of our mental health. This can help prevent feelings of isolation related to chronic pain and aging while also giving you an outlet to share your thoughts and feelings with those you trust.

Practice Gratitude. When you start to feel, stress coming on related to your pain or getting older, pause and focus on all the good things in your life. This will give you a sense of purpose and reason to take the necessary steps to manage your pain.

“Aging is a gift that should be cherished,” says Dean. “Yes, it comes with aches, pains, and other health changes, but each day we wake up is a new opportunity to enjoy ourselves and our loved ones. That’s why making our mental health a top priority is so important as we get older.”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Dr. Dean’s Daily Stretching Routine for Joint Pain

Active Senior Couple Stretching

Stretching is an important part of any daily exercise routine, and especially so as we age. As our joints take on normal wear and tear with the passing of time, daily stretching can help maintain and increase joint movement, relieve muscle tension, and reduce the risk of injury from daily tasks and workouts.

“For my patients with joint pain and limited mobility, I always recommend daily stretching to help manage the pain while and allow for greater movement,” says AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean. “Stretching is also a simple way to help prevent injuries that can complicate an existing joint condition.”

According to Dean, it’s important to stretch the entire body and not just the areas affected by joint pain. “If you are living with chronic joint pain, the last thing you need is a new injury in another area of the body to manage. By stretching your body from head to toe, you’ll reduce that risk.”

If you need some inspiration for your daily stretching routine while managing joint pain, here’s Dr. Dean’s favorite daily routine that he often shares with his patients:

Neck Rolls. This stretch can be done sitting or standing with the back straight for optimal posture. Tilt your head to one side and feel the gentle stretch on the opposite side of your neck. Breathe in and roll your head to the other side to stretch. Repeat this move up to 10 times or until you feel a release of tension in your neck.

Shoulder Rolls. Next, while maintaining proper posture, roll your shoulders up towards your ears and then back as you pinch your shoulder blades together. Repeat 10 times while breathing in and out deeply.

Arm Criss-Cross. Again, maintain your proper posture while standing or sitting and hook your right arm with your left forearm to form a “T” while pulling the right arm in towards you left shoulder. Breathe into the stretch and hold for several seconds. Repeat on the other side, then repeat the set up to 5 times.  

Side Stretch. Raise your right arm over your head, keeping that posture, and bend sideways at the waist until you feel a good stretch in your right side. Breathe in and out, then repeat on the other side. Repeat the set up to 5 times.

Toe Touches. This move is best done while standing, but if your mobility is limited it can also be done while seated. Slowly roll your head down towards your chest and continue to drop down towards your toes. Feel the stretch in the back of your legs and be sure to stop before it becomes uncomfortable. Hold for several seconds, roll up slowly, and repeat up to 5 times.

Forward-Bending Hamstring Stretch. Sit down with your back straight and your head pulling towards the ceiling. Place your right leg directly out in front of you with your foot flexed and slowly bend forward with a flat back as far as you can. Breathe in and out of the stretch, roll back up slowly, and repeat on the other side. Repeat the set 5-10 times.

Seated Glute and Sciatica Stretch. Next, place your right foot on top of your left knee and sit up straight, head pointed towards the ceiling. Grip the sides of the chair with your hand, keep a flat back, and lower slowly from the waist to feel a stretch across your sciatic nerve and into your glutes. Breathe in and out and hold for several seconds. Come up slowly, repeat on the other side, then repeat the set 3-5 times. If you have a lot of tension in this area, you may want to hold the stretch for longer while making sure to listen to your body regarding how far down to bend.

Foot Circles. Finally, show your feet a little love with this move! Again, while seated, extend your right foot out directly in front of you and move your foot from the ankle in a clockwise circle 8 times. Then, move the foot counterclockwise 8 times. Repeat on the other side, then you can repeat the set 3-5 times as needed.

“This simple routine can be done from the comfort of your home, sitting or standing, and best of all it doesn’t take that long,” says Dr. Dean. “The most important thing is to listen to your body! Don’t push past your own limits. Stretching should feel good and release tension, so when you start to feel pain or discomfort – that’s your body’s signal to not push the stretch further. And remember, you will become stronger and more flexible with time”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Summer Sips for Healthy Joints

Three refreshing summer beverages on bar

There’s nothing quite like sipping on a cold and refreshing beverage on a hot summer day! For those managing chronic joint pain, there are a variety of summer drink options available to keep you cool and hydrated while also promoting better joint health. If you need a little inspiration, we have some of Dr. Dean’s favorite summer sip recipes made with joint-healthy ingredients to share here.

“When you are living with joint pain, it’s very important to be mindful of your food and beverage choices to help control inflammation,” says Dr. Dean. “For example, research suggests that sugar can increase the risk of chronic inflammation, which in turn can complicate existing joint pain. So, when it comes to summer beverages, I always recommend skipping the sugary stuff and creating your own healthier recipes at home.”

Morning Green Juice. If you have a juicer at home, summer is a great time to put it to use! I love to start my day with a green blend using ingredients like kale, celery, cucumbers, and green apple. You can even add a little turmeric, which is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory.

Cherry Spritzer. Tart cherry juice is loaded with antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. To balance the tartness and give it some fizz, I mix it with plain sparkling water, pour it over ice, and add some orange and lemon slices.

Fruit-Infused Water. It’s important for those managing chronic joint pain to stay consistently hydrated throughout the day. But plain old water can get pretty boring! I’ll often recommend fruit-infused water to my patients as a way to add natural flavor without added sugars. You can mix and match your favorite fruits as well as herbs like mint and rosemary to create your favorite recipes.

Turmeric Ginger Lemonade. When it comes to natural ways to reduce inflammation, both turmeric and ginger are at the top of the list. Mix these with some homemade lemonade and mint for a super tasty and refreshing beverage. Get the recipe here.

“I always tell my patients that staying active and enjoying the summer is very important for their overall health and wellbeing as well as their joint health,” says Dean. “We don’t have to give up the little pleasures in life, like tasty summer drinks. Rather, we just have to make more mindful choices about ingredients so we can balance enjoyment with pain management.” 

If you are living with chronic knee, hip or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.