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.

5 Ideas to Get Moving Now

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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