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 Even so, it has often been overlooked when talking about overall health and wellbeing due to outdated stigmas and cultural attitudes.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

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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

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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.

How to Embrace Aging

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“Aging is a gift that should never be taken for granted.” – Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion.

As the average life expectancy in the United States continues to increase, more people are changing the way they think about aging. While some continue to struggle with the natural changes that come with aging, others are beginning to embrace aging and seeking out ways to live their best lives while maintaining optimal health. AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean, has often talked about the importance of healthy aging and shifting the mindset around it in a youth-obsessed culture. In this article, we share his top tips for embracing the gift that is aging.

“I hear from a lot of my patients who are struggling with the mental and emotional aspects of aging,” says Dr. Dean. “It’s difficult to accept that the years of eating whatever we want and doing whatever we want without aches and pains are behind us. But, instead of dwelling on that loss, I always encourage my patients to embrace aging because it truly is a gift to have more time to enjoy life and our loved ones.”

When it comes to healthy aging, Dr. Dean believes there’s an important balance between physical and mental wellbeing.

“I’ve talked and written extensively about the importance of physical health as we age,” he says. “A big part of that is staying active while listening to your body to avoid injury or strain on your joints. Then, it’s equally important to nurture your mental health through aging because your internal outlook plays a huge role in your overall health and wellbeing.”

So, what does Dr. Dean tell his patients who are struggling with the mental and emotional aspects of getting older? Here are his top tips for embracing aging:

Practice Gratitude. Not everyone has the good fortune to live a long and happy life, so practicing gratitude for your life, health, and happiness each day is vital when it comes to shifting your mindset about growing older.

Acknowledge Your Wisdom. There’s a reason for the saying “youth is wasted on the young”! When we are younger, we may have more physical stamina but we lack the wisdom that comes with age and experience. With this wisdom comes better balance and inner peace that makes life even more enjoyable.

Love What You See In the Mirror. Do you ever look in the mirror and feel a bit shocked when you don’t see a 25-year-old you looking back? This is a dangerous cycle! When you look in the mirror and see your wrinkles and other signs of aging, try thinking about how you look and feel in the present moment.

Stay Sharp. Keeping your mind active is just as important as movement, especially as we age. Studies have shown that challenging your mind with activities like puzzles, sudoku, or games with your family, can help keep your mind and memory sharp.

Savor Self-Care. One of the perks of being older is being able to slow down and enjoy the little things. Now is the time to savor this shift and really enjoy your self-care activities. Plus, practicing daily self-care can help curb stress and anxiety which can create serious health complications for older people.

“We are seeing a significant shift in how our society perceives aging as the Boomer generation becomes senior citizens and their kids approach middle age,” says Dean. “These people are staying fit, active, mentally sharp, and investing in enjoying every aspect of life as they age. My hope is that this trend will continue so that the stigma is eventually gone.”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, 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 Summer Guide

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Summer is finally here which means it’s time to make the most of the warmer temps and longer days! For those living with chronic joint pain, enjoying the season to its fullest may seem out of reach. But, it doesn’t have to be this way! In this article, our founder Dr. Robert Dean shares his go-to Healthy Summer Guide to help his patients with knee, hip, or shoulder pain stay active while keeping their pain in check.

“Getting outside and staying active during summertime is not only important for our overall fitness goals, but also for our mental health,” says Dr. Dean. “I created my simple Healthy Summer Guide so that my patients with chronic joint pain can get the most out of the season while developing habits to help them manage their pain. After all, life is short and joint pain shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting the most out of it!”

Dr. Dean’s Healthy Summer Guide

  • Soak Up the Sunlight. Exposure to natural light is a natural mood-enhancer and a great way to help regulate your body’s internal clock, which is also known as your circadian rhythm. Little things like sipping your morning coffee outside, taking your dog for a walk, or meeting friends for a meal outdoors are great ways to get your daily dose of sunlight.  
  • “Summerize” Your Diet. Eating a balanced diet that consists of lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits & veggies, and whole grains is essential to joint pain management. When summer rolls around, you should take advantage of some of my favorite seasonal foods that you can add to your meal plan including watermelon, apples, avocados, radishes, peppers, and berries. Sustainable fish is also a great choice, and which catch is in season will vary by your location.
  • Low-Impact Outdoor Exercise. When managing joint pain, it’s important to stay active with minimal impact on the affected area. This way, you can burn calories and get in a little extra time outdoors while protecting your joints. Some of my favorite ways to get in some low-impact movement include swimming, gentle yoga, or simply taking a brisk walk. Whatever you choose, aim for 30 minutes a day to stay on track.
  • Have Fun. I always say that a healthy lifestyle is about balance, which means you have to carve out time for fun. Summertime is perfect for visiting the beach, inviting friends over for dinner outside, or taking the kids or grandkids to your favorite local spots. Spending time outdoors doing things you love will help reduce stress and remind you that life goes on even when you’re living with joint pain.

With these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying the summer while taking care of your joint pain! And remember to always consult with your doctor or health care provider before making any modifications to your lifestyle.

If you are living with chronic knee, hip or shoulder pain that’s not improving and want to avoid the complications of total joint replacement surgery, 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.

What Is Chondromalacia?

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While chondromalacia is a common condition among people of all ages, many people don’t know much about it and its connection to osteoarthritis – one of the most common knee conditions we treat at AROmotion. While osteoarthritis most often impacts adults 45 years of age and older, chondromalacia is a painful condition that can impact younger adults and teenagers who overuse their knee joints. To further explain this common condition, its causes, and its relationship to osteoarthritis, we sat down with Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion, to get the facts.

Chondromalacia is a very common condition, yet many people aren’t familiar with the term. Can you help explain what it is and why it’s so common?

Chondromalacia is the medical term to describe the thinning or wearing down of hyaline cartilage, which is the hard, slick coating that prevents bones from grinding against each other. While this can happen in any major joint, it’s most commonly seen in the knee because it’s a joint that is frequently overused. This is why chondromalacia can occur in younger patients, specifically those who engage in exercise and sports that put repeated stress on the knee.

How is chondromalacia related to arthritis?

If chondromalacia is not diagnosed and treated, it can eventually lead to osteoarthritis which is a more complex condition to treat. So, it’s very important to see your doctor immediately is you are having joint pain from injury or overuse to develop a treatment plan which can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, braces or compression devices, physical therapy, and in extreme cases, surgery.

Rendering of a healthy knee joint versus chondromalacia versus osteoarthritis

What can patients who have been diagnosed with chondromalacia due to help manage the condition in addition to any prescribed medications and therapies?

The key to managing chondromalacia is consistency. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding medications, strengthening, and exercise. Then, patients can ice the affected area several times a day to help reduce pain and inflammation. If the knee is the affected area, talk to your doctor about taping your knee for optimal alignment so you can continue to walk and exercise while reducing impact. Finally, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight – especially if the knee is the affected area – and to balance movement with rest so your body has time to heal.

What is the outlook for patients who develop osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in America, especially among older adults. Once diagnosed, there are different treatment options available based on the severity of the arthritis in the affected joint. In less severe cases, your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to control the inflammation along with an exercise or physical therapy routine. In more severe cases, total joint replacement surgery may be recommended.

That seems like a pretty big void in between the two scenarios. What happens if a patient is treating osteoarthritis with medication and exercise, but it still worsens over time?

Yes, there has been a significant void for patients managing joint pain! Even when following your doctor’s plan for management, it can worsen to the point where the pain become debilitating and surgery is recommended. The good news is that I created AROmotion specifically to fill this void. Our groundbreaking non-surgical procedure stops joint pain fast, promotes healing in the affected area, and strengthens the joint for long-term results.

What’s your top piece of advice for patients managing chondromalacia?

Listen to your doctors! Chondromalacia is a very common condition and it can be treated before it turns into osteoarthritis. Then, it’s all about prioritizing self-care. We live in a world where it often feels difficult to slow down and stop our activities, but it’s essential to rest the affected area so you can heal.

If you have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and want to avoid the complications of total joint replacement surgery, 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 Joint Pain Management Meal Plan

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As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat”! Diet plays a crucial role in our overall health and wellbeing, and this is especially true for those managing chronic joint pain. In this article, our founder Dr. Robert Dean talks about the science behind how food impacts joint pain and shares one of his favorite meal plans that helps keep him on track without sacrificing flavor.

“There are two key components to explain how diet impacts joint pain,” says Dr. Dean. “First, and this one is obvious, your daily caloric intake impacts your weight, and weight gain can contribute to additional strain on your joints. So, it’s important to follow a diet that helps you maintain a healthy weight. Second, the types of food you choose can have either a positive or negative impact on inflammation. When inflammation increases, this can worsen existing joint pain.”

According to Dean, there are a variety of nutritious options available to create your own joint-friendly meal plan without sacrificing variety and flavor.

“Most people managing joint pain are at a point in their lives where they want to get the most out of life, which means they don’t want to sacrifice enjoying their meals,” says Dean. “The good news is that you don’t have to trade one for the other. In fact, once you adopt a new joint-healthy diet you may find that you are no longer craving the less healthy foods that you once enjoyed. You may also lose weight and gain other health benefits, like lower cholesterol.”

So, what does Dr. Dean specifically recommend for his patients with chronic joint pain who still want to enjoy delicious meals?

“First, it’s important to understand what ingredients are best for joint pain such as lean protein, fruits and veggies, olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon,” he says. “Then, you can build out daily meal plans with these ingredients to ensure you get enough flavor and variety to stick with it. And don’t forget that it is OK to indulge every once in a while, with treats like heart-healthy dark chocolate or a glass of red wine!”

According to Dean, it’s also important to consult with your doctor before making any major dietary changes to manage joint pain. “While there are generally accepted guidelines to follow, each patient is unique and should talk with their doctor before switching up their daily meal plan.”

Need a little inspiration to start building your joint pain management meal plan? Here’s one of Dr. Dean’s go-to daily routine that can help keep you feeling full and satisfied while helping to manage chronic joint pain:

Breakfast: Avocado toast made by smashing half an avocado on a toasted piece of whole-grain bread, drizzling lightly with olive oil, and sprinkling with turmeric. You can add an egg for a boost of protein and if you are adventurous, add some red pepper flakes!

Lunch: Greek Salmon Salad made with mixed greens, chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and chilled cooked salmon topped with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon, and spices.

Midday Snack: Hummus and Peppers. Mix up your veggies for variety and try different hummus flavors, too. Not a hummus fan? Go old school by dipping apple slices in almond butter.

Dinner: Lemon-Rosemary Chicken made with boneless, skinless breasts and seasoned with olive oil, lemon-pepper, and other seasonings, lemon and rosemary. Check out this recipe from the Arthritis Foundation, which is fast and easy to make.

With these joint-healthy meal plan tips, you can continue to enjoy filling and delicious meals while helping to maintain a healthy weight while reducing inflammation. Of course, don’t forget Dr. Dean’s earlier tip about indulging every once in a while, too!

While being conscious about your diet is a great way to manage your joint pain on your own, some people find that self-care is not the right long-term solution if the pain worsens over time. If you are living with knee, hip, shoulder, or other joint pain that isn’t improving, or if you have been told that total joint replacement surgery is your only option, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.

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Understanding the Risks of Joint Replacement Surgery

While total joint replacement surgery may be the right solution for some patients, the truth is that there hasn’t been a viable, non-surgical alternative available until now. Because we have accepted surgery as the standard solution for joint pain, most patients don’t even know what to expect from total joint replacement surgery – or what questions to ask before making the commitment.

In this article, we talk with AROmotion’s founder, Robert Dean, M.D., about the potential risks associated with total joint replacement surgery and why it’s so important to get a second opinion.

“Any type of surgery is going to be invasive and carry risk, so it’s always important to talk openly with your doctors, do your research, and seek a second opinion before making the commitment,” says Dr. Dean. “This isn’t meant to scare patients who need surgery away from it because this may be their only path to relief. Rather, this is meant to educate and empower patients who may be able to find relief from our non-surgical solution – so that they can ultimately decide what is best for them along with their doctors.”

According to Dr. Dean, these are the most common risks associated with total joint replacement surgery for patients to consider and discuss with their doctors:

Undergoing Anesthesia

While anesthesia is generally safe, there are common side effects associated with it including nausea, dry mouth, vomiting, muscle aches, and fatigue.

Surgical Implants

There are dozens of different types of orthopedic implants available today, and it is possible for patients to experience severe post-operative infections if the one that’s best suited for them is not used.

Hospital Stay & Lengthy Recovery

Total joint replacement surgery typically requires a 2-4 day hospital stay and a post-operative rehabilitation period of up to 6 months.

Wound Healing & Scarring

The typical incision size for total joint replacement surgery is 5-10 inches, which will require time to heal and will have permanent scarring

Limited Post-Surgery Activities

Most patients must limit their physical activities for a long period of time after surgery, sometimes for life. This includes but is not limited to impact exercises, running, contact sports, sitting cross-legged, and kneeling.

Chronic Post-Operative Pain

Up to 34% of patients experience severe post-surgical pain that can last for up to 5 years.

“In addition to knowing about these risks, it’s also important to know what questions to ask your doctor and orthopedic surgeon regarding the surgery,” says Dean. “I wrote about this extensively in a previous article which is also a helpful resource.”

So, where can patients start once they are told that they may need total joint replacement surgery? According to Dean, it’s always best to start with a second opinion. “Surgery is a huge commitment, and something that will likely have an impact on you for years to come, so it’s very wise to seek out a second opinion. “

The need for a viable alternative to total joint replacement surgery is what drove Dr. Dean to develop AROmotion, a groundbreaking non-surgical solution that stops joint pain fast with lasting results. This is a unique, three-tiered process that starts with an FDA-approved procedure called radiofrequency neurotomy to stop the pain, followed by promoting natural healing in the affected joint with a carefully-selected orthobiologics, and completed with a customized strengthening and reconditioning program.

Individuals who have been told that they may need total joint replacement surgery can contact AROmotion to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Dean, during which he will get each patient’s background to understand the root cause of the pain and to determine if they are a candidate for the AROmotion procedure.

“We are very careful in our screening process to determine who will benefit from our procedure versus total joint replacement surgery,” says Dean. “If a patient will not get the long-lasting pain relief that they want from our procedure, we will be completely transparent and give them any information they need to help determine the best path forward.”

If you are living with knee, hip, shoulder or other joint pain and have been told that total joint replacement surgery is your only option, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.

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CBD Oil for Joint Pain – Does It Really Work?

CBD oil has been growing in popularity since hemp-derived CBD became legal with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today, it seems like CBD is everywhere from local health food stores to restaurants adding it to cocktails and dishes – and those who have been using it for a while are believers in its potential to naturally help with things like sleep, stress, and pain.

For those who are not completely familiar with CBD, it can be difficult to wade through the sea of information, brands, and types available today – especially when it comes to its effectiveness for arthritis and chronic joint pain. We talked with our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, to get his take on the CBD phenomenon and whether or not CBD oil is a good solution for those looking to manage joint pain.

“Every avenue is worth researching when it comes to natural ways to help reduce joint pain that can interfere with our daily lives,” says Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion. “If you are new to CBD oil, you probably have a lot of questions before considering it as a new addition to your daily routine, so I’m here to help shed some light on what it is, how it works, and how it can be used to manage joint pain.”

What Is CBD Oil?

“CBD oil is a natural, plant-based substance that works with the body’s endocannabinoid system which plays a crucial role in bringing a state of balance to the body,” says Dean. “While CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) both come from the Cannabis Sativa species of plant, CBD comes from the hemp plant and will not cause the psychoactive “high” associated with THC which comes from the marijuana plant. In other words, CBD is legal and safe to use in moderation when discussed and agreed upon with your doctor.”

What Types of CBD Oil Are Available Today?

“The most common types of CBD oil products are ingestible such as tinctures (oils takin orally) or capsules and topical lotions or creams,” says Dean. “Which types you use really depends on what you want to achieve as well as your individual preference. For example, those looking for help with calm and focus to get better sleep typically prefer ingestible while those looking for immediate pain release turn to topicals.”

According to Dr. Dean, no matter which type you decide to try, it’s important to do your research to ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company that uses natural ingredients and conducts the proper lab testing to ensure product safety.

“CBD oil is still a relatively new thing in the United States, and many companies have tried to capitalize on the fast-growing popularity,” he says. “I tell my patients to only choose high-quality brands made with natural, plant-based products, with the proper certifications to ensure efficacy and safety.”

Using CBD Oil for Joint Pain

While more studies are needed, early research and anecdotes from CBD users suggests that it may help reduce inflammation that causes joint pain and offer other benefits such as help with anxiety and promoting better sleep.

“It’s important to remember that CBD oil is not a substitute for the regimen prescribed by your doctor for joint pain,” says Dean. “If it’s something you are interested in trying, talk with your doctor and come up with a plan to start with lower doses until you find what works for you. This includes topical creams as well as tinctures, capsules, other CBD products.”

In Summary

“Managing chronic joint pain requires a holistic approach that includes diet, exercise, and any medications prescribed by your doctor,” says Dean. “CBD oil can be a great addition to your routine as long as you do your research and choose trusted brands and develop the best plan to start using it with your doctor.”

According to Dean, it’s best to level-set your expectations before trying something new like CBD oil. “While many patients have told me that CBD oil has helped them with pain management, every individual is unique and will respond differently to CBD. Like anything else in life, what works for one may not work for all, so patience is key.”

There are a variety of safe and reputable CBD oil brands available today. Dr. Dean suggests researching through trusted third-party websites that do independent research for ratings and recommendations as well as asking your doctor if there are specific brands they are comfortable with recommending. Also, look for brands that have real customer reviews available on their website to ensure that real people have shared positive experiences to build additional trust.

If you are living with knee, hip, shoulder, or other joint pain and have been told that total joint replacement surgery is your only option, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.

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Managing Joint Pain Through Menopause

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While menopause is a natural part of healthy aging, many women may find themselves struggling with increased levels of pain during this time. Whether it’s the retriggering of an old injury, frequent headaches, or increased joint pain in the shoulders, knees, or hips, the hormonal changes that come with menopause can cause additional discomfort. The good news for women experiencing pain from menopause is that you are not alone – and that there are simple things you can do to help manage it.

“I always tell my patients to view aging a gift,” says Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion. “Yes, we are going to experience changes but these things are all manageable as long as we are willing to make some minor modifications to our daily routine. The same is true for women going through menopause and experiencing new or increased joint pain.”

What Is Menopause?

 “To put it simply, menopause happens when a woman’s menstrual cycle stops and it’s typically marked one year from the cessation of monthly periods,” says Dean. “While this is a natural progression of the female body, it can come with symptoms such as hot flashes, weight gain, and increased pain. It’s important for women going through menopause to talk openly with their doctors because these symptoms can be treated for less disruption to everyday life.”

According to Dr. Dean, the average age for menopause is the early 50’s although this can vary widely based on factors such as genetics, underlying health conditions, and hormone levels.

What Is the Connection Between Menopause and Joint Pain?

“These symptoms occur because the body is responding to lower levels of hormones – specifically, estrogen and progesterone,” says Dean. “Estrogen plays a key role in helping to manage inflammation. So, as your levels drop, you may experience increased joint pain especially in your knees, hips, and shoulders.”

Thankfully, the stigma around menopause has been lifting, with more doctors sharing information and tips for managing the symptoms and more patients sharing their personal stories.

“Menopause is something that every woman will go through, so it is something we should embrace and discuss openly,” says Dr. Dean. “If you are going through menopause and experiencing an increase in joint pain, it’s important to have an open and honest discussion with your doctor because there are things that can be done to manage the pain.”

While prescription and over-the-counter medications will vary from patient to patient, Dr. Dean has a short checklist for his patients to help them manage their joint pain during menopause:

Keep moving. You don’t have to run a marathon or turn in an hour of cardio at the gym. 30 minutes of low-impact movement each day will help loosen your joints and muscles while also burning extra calories. You can make it social by going out for a brisk walk with your significant other, friends, or your pup. Be sure to talk with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine to ensure you are protecting the areas of your body that are sensitive to pain.

Watch what you eat. It’s no secret that our metabolisms change as we age, and with menopause comes the potential to gain weight more easily – and weight gain can take a toll on your joints. This does not mean that you have to deprive yourself; rather, you just need balance! Fill up with lean proteins like fish and chicken alongside seasoned veggies; avoid processed foods and refined sugars; drink plenty of water. And indulge from time to time with a glass or two of heart-healthy wine or some dark chocolate!

Find your calm. Aging can feel stressful at times, especially as we learn to adapt to new ways of healthy living. Don’t let the stress get the best of you! Make time to relax both your body and mind to reduce tension and worry. Some helpful activities include gentle yoga, using a meditation app, journaling, taking a hot bath, or treating yourself to a spa day. Hint – regular massages can also do wonders for helping to manage pain!

Sleep. The idea that we need less sleep as we age is just a myth. Most adults need at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep to feel good the next day. Stick to a regular sleep schedule, limit the use of electronics in the bedroom, and make sure you are sleeping on a comfortable and supportive mattress. If it’s more than 15 years old….it’s probably time for a new one!

“Everyone deserves to age healthily and happily,” says Dr. Dean. “Changes like menopause are inevitable, so why not embrace them and enjoy the ride while doing what we can to keep pain at bay?”

If you are going through menopause and are struggling to manage your joint pain, or if you have been living with chronic knee, hip or shoulder pain, AROmotion may be able to help. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical treatment that has helped more than 1,800 patients stop their joint pain fast.

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