Yoga for Joint Pain Management

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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.

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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Lost That Loving Feeling? How Joint Pain Impacts Our Relationships

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According to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 adults in the United States with arthritis report living with severe joint pain that limits their daily activities. With joint pain being such a common problem in our society, it’s no wonder why there’s such a plethora of self-managed pain management solutions available today. From over the counter medications to natural/herbal remedies to customized workouts for joint pain, many patients rely on self-care to lessen the pain on a daily basis. While these steps are important for everyday pain management, they are often not a viable long-term solution as arthritis is likely to worsen over time. When this happens, patients not only have to limit their daily activities and stop doing many of the things that they love – but they also have to manage the stress and anxiety that comes with this change in lifestyle. Unfortunately, this can then have a negative impact on our most important and intimate relationships, causing those with joint pain to “lose that loving feeling”!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, to shed some light on how chronic joint pain from arthritis can impact romantic relationships and to share his tips on how couples can work together to not only manage the pain but also the emotional toll it can take.

“When you are living with arthritis, you have to manage more than just the pain,” says Dr. Dean. “You have to manage how the pain impacts your daily activities and make decisions around what you should and should not do keep the pain in check. For example, some patients may have to switch from their regular exercise routines to low-impact ones designed for joint pain. Others may have to take caution when playing with their grandkids, walking the dog, or gardening.”

According to Dr. Dean, this is where additional stress and anxiety that can impact intimate relationships can come into play.

“As human beings, we are used to being in control of our daily activities based on what makes us feel happy and healthy,” he says. “When those options are reduced or taken away, this can lead to feelings of sadness and isolation. This is when patients need to pay close attention to their stress and anxiety; if not managed properly, this can have a negative impact on their relationships.”

So, how can individuals living with chronic joint pain work with their significant others to get the help and support that they need? Dr. Dean recommends the following tips:

  • Be open and honest about the situation and what each partner needs. Often, we tend to reach for the right words to soothe our loved ones when they are struggling, but in the case of chronic joint pain, there’s really no way to sugarcoat the issue. While the partner living with the pain needs to feel unconditionally supported through the journey, the other partner may need permission to participate in some activities that the other cannot. Knowing that you have the full emotional support of your significant other will go a long way in reducing stress and anxiety and reinforce the trust and love that’s been the foundation of the relationship.
  • Schedule activities that you can do together. If one person in the couple is limited but the other isn’t, it’s important to continue to do things together to strengthen the bond and enhance the feeling of support. So, if your loved one has to skip tennis, golf, or whatever activities you both enjoy, then make sure to schedule a time to walk around the neighborhood together instead.
  • Hold each other accountable. Part of joint pain management involves making better dietary choices and to minimize weight gain due to any reduction in activity. Making these types of lifestyle changes is never easy, but if you have a partner along with you it’s much easier. And it will help you both to stay accountable!
  • Make time for romance. There’s nothing better than shutting out the noise of the world around us and sharing a romantic date with our significant other – no matter how many years you’ve been together. Some ideas include cooking your favorite healthy meal together at home, sipping your favorite wine by the fire or while watching the sunset or just carving out distraction-free time to talk with one another. Not only will this help keep stress and anxiety at bay, but it will also help to keep that spark that brought you together alive and well!

“Nurturing our romantic relationships is one of the keys to a happy and healthy life,” says Dr. Dean. “We can’t control the body’s natural aging process, but we can control how we accept it and how we support our loved ones along that journey. It may not cure the pain, but it can go miles in terms of motivating patients to keep up their pain management routines.”

So, if joint pain has caused you to lose that loving feeling, try following Dr. Dean’s tips this Valentine’s Day! Not only will these tips help you stay connected with your significant other each and every day, but they will also help you stay positive and focused while you manage your joint pain.

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain and have been told that joint replacement surgery may be your only option, AROmotion can 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. Just fill out the form below and a team member will contact you!

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You Are What You Eat: Gut Health & Joint Pain

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When faced with joint pain, people most often turn to medications, exercise, or home remedies or to help soothe the discomfort. While these can provide temporary relief, one thing that is often overlooked regarding long-term solutions is the role of the digestive system– otherwise known as the gut. In fact, your gut houses the majority of immune cells in your entire body, which means that it plays a critical role in your overall health and wellbeing!

So, we turned to our favorite medical expert, our founder Dr. Robert Dean, to get the breakdown on the connection between gut health and joint pain as well as some helpful tips for supporting a healthy gut for those living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain.

“Many people don’t realize that the immune system has a significant impact on our joints,” says Dean. “When the immune system is weakened, this can contribute to increased inflammation, which in turn can increase existing joint pain. And, since we know that the majority of our immune systems are in our guts, then we know that maintaining a healthy gut is an important part of joint pain management.”

So, how can people living with chronic joint pain promote a healthy gut? According to Dr. Dean, the best way is through diet.

“You know the expression ‘you are what you eat’? Well, it’s true on many levels,” says Dean. “The food we consume impacts the balance of bacteria in our guts, and when that balance leans towards bad bacteria or is out of whack, that’s when we don’t feel our best. So, eating foods that promote the balance of good bacteria is one of the best ways to easily promote a healthy gut!”

Dr. Dean recommends a long-term approach to gut health through dietary changes that will have other health benefits such as increased energy, lower cholesterol, and help with weight management goals. Of course, he recommends that you speak with your physician before making any significant changes to your diet to ensure the changes are right for you.

Long Term Dietary Changes to Implement:

 

  • Increase your fiber, micronutrients and phytonutrients by adding more colorful fruits and vegetables to your diet.
  • Reduce or remove refined sugars and grains found in foods like cookies, cakes, and breads.
  • Improve the quality of your fat intake by adding in foods such as avocados, eggs, fish and nuts.
  • Eat better animal proteins by sticking to grass-fed beef, free range chicken and wild fish.
  • Avoid processed foods by staying away from boxed or canned items.

In addition to these recommended dietary changes, there are natural and commercial supplements available that are safe and easy to integrate into your daily routine.

Adding Gut Repair Supplements:

 

  • Herbal Treatments such as berberine, and oregano oil, and garlic.
  • Enzymes that assist with digestion include betaine for stomach-acid production; lipase, amylase and protease to improve pancreatic function and bile acids or dandelion root to support the liver and gallbladder.
  • Probiotics for restoring gut bacteria. If you prefer to get your probiotics through food, low-sugar yogurt is a great and delicious source!

As Dr. Dean mentioned, making these basic and long-term changes to your diet will not only help promote a healthy gut, but will offer more benefits for your overall health and wellness. After all, when you feel your best you will have more energy to enjoy life and the activities you love – which is all crucial when it comes to pain management.

“Diet plays such a huge role in our overall health and wellbeing and it’s one thing that we can completely control,” says Dean. “When patients come to me with chronic joint pain, they often haven’t even thought about the role that food and digestive health can play in long-term care and management. It’s important to educate them on this so they can make better choices to help manage their joint pain as well as their overall health and wellbeing.”

Of course, Dr. Dean points out that gut health is just one factor when it comes to joint pain. While some patients can manage their pain over time through self-care and over-the-counter medications, some pain has progressed so far that patients will need other alternatives.

“Patients whose pain has reached a critical level and have been told that they need total joint replacement surgery often feel that they have no options,” says Dean. “But we offer a real alternative to invasive surgery at AROmotion with our minimally invasive procedure. Anyone facing surgery should contact us for a second opinion. It’s a free consultation that can be done virtually for convenience, too.”

If you are living with chronic joint pain and have been told that surgery is your only option, fill out the form below to request your free consultation before you commit to an invasive procedure with a long recovery period.

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Natural Supplements for Arthritis

Natural Supplements for Arthritis

For those living with arthritis, everyday pain management is essential to minimizing joint damage and maintaining your quality of life. Adding low impact exercises that protect the joints, a healthy and balanced diet to aid in weight management, and over the counter pain medications to your daily routine are common recommendations for managing arthritic pain. But did you know that there are also natural supplements for joint pain that can also help by reducing inflammation? We sat down with our founder, Robert Dean, M.D., and asked him what natural supplements he most commonly recommends for his patients to help manage daily joint pain so they can keep living an active lifestyle.

“Living with arthritis does not have to completely sideline your life,” says Dr. Dean. “The key is to change your daily routine to focus on staying active while protecting your joints through low-impact exercises, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce the amount of stress you put on your joints, and managing your pain through stretching and the over-the-counter pain medications suggested by your doctor. I also like to recommend natural supplements not only to aid with joint pain but also for other health benefits that are beneficial to us as we age healthily.”

Before we dove into which natural supplements for arthritis he recommends, Dr. Dean reminded us that you should always consult with your doctor or health care provider before adding any of these to your daily routine – whether you add them as foods to your diet or as supplements taken in the form of pills/capsules. This will ensure proper dosage and take into consideration your specific condition and needs.

 

Natural Supplements for Joint Pain

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Consumption of fish oils or Omega 3 Acids has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties while also having a positive impact on cardiovascular health. Natural sources of Omega-3 are found in cold-water fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines. If your diet is plant-based, sources include flaxseed, chia seeds, and organic soybeans. Not a fan of any of these foods? Over the counter supplements such as Fish Oil are another popular way to get Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

Garlic – More than just delicious flavors and smells, garlic has many health benefits including the potential to decrease some of the inflammatory markers associated with arthritis! While eating fresh, organic garlic is the preferred way to get your daily dose, there are odorless soft gel supplements available for those who aren’t a fan of the taste.

Green Tea –  With powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is a popular natural supplement for those with arthritis. It’s also been shown to have a variety of other health benefits, including the potential to aid in weight management. While it is most commonly enjoyed as a hot and soothing beverage, there are supplements available in the form of capsules for those who don’t care for drinking tea.

Turmeric – While Turmeric is well known as a household spice, it also has many health benefits including helping with joint and arthritic pain. Its main active component is curcumin which, on top of being what gives turmeric its bright yellow color, has many anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, one study from the Mayo Clinic found that taking turmeric extract three times a day was comparable to taking a 1,200 milligrams dose of Ibuprofen daily. For those with less than stellar culinary skills, or for those who aren’t fans of its flavor, supplements in the form of over the counter pills are available as well.

“Natural supplements like these are a healthy addition to your daily routine and can help aid arthritic pain,” says Dr. Dean. “When paired with other best practices around exercise and diet, you will not only help to reduce inflammation, but you will also get other health benefits.”

What if implementing all of the best practices for managing joint pain isn’t working?

“In this case, you should address the situation with your doctor sooner rather than later to reduce continued joint damage,” he says. “While at-home management is a good thing, it won’t be a solution for everyone. Each individual case must be assessed by a doctor to determine the best path forward.”

How does Dr. Dean handle these evaluations?

“When I evaluate patients, my goal is to be thorough and transparent because ultimately, we want to avoid joint replacement surgery which is invasive and carries some risks,” he says. “If I see that an individual’s damaged joint can be treated with the AROmotion treatment, which is a non-surgical outpatient procedure, then I know that we can address their pain non-invasively. If we cannot treat their condition, then I will give them a recommendation on how to proceed that’s best for them. Of course, my goal is to help as many patients as possible to avoid surgery so they can recover quickly and get back to doing what they love.”

If you are living with joint pain that has worsened or reached the point where at-home management is not working, or if you have been told you may need a total joint replacement, it may be time to set up a free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, a non-surgical procedure that he developed to stop joint pain fast with lasting results. Just fill out the form below to get started!

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What Causes Joint Pain?

Rendering of Joint Pain in the Knee

Written by Robert Dean, M.D.

Joint pain is one of the most common health-related issues affecting people today, and it often prevents them from enjoying their lives to the fullest. In order to effectively treat joint pain, we must first understand the root cause of it. The causes can vary widely, from something as simple as overuse to inflammation to gout, or even to an infection inside of the joint. In this blog post, we will talk about some of the more common causes of joint pain that bring patients to our offices for our minimally-invasive procedure.

At AROmotion, our patients present with knee, hip, or shoulder “joint” pain. However, often these pain symptoms are not truly inside of the joint, but rather outside and around the joint. They may involve the overlying tendons, ligaments, or bursa that live next to and around the actual joint. So, the most important first step in evaluating a person’s pain is to determine whether it is truly the joint that is source of the pain!

A “true joint” is composed of the two bones and lubricating fluid inside of a joint capsule. It is important to know that the bones are covered with a hard ceramic/Teflon-like coating called Hyaline Cartilage (click the link here to dive deeper into the topic with Science Direct). Hyaline Cartilage is critical since bone is alive with sensory nerve endings and blood vessels. So, for any condition to cause joint pain, it must agitate or stimulate those pain-sensing nerves that are inside of the bone underneath of the hard Hyaline Cartilage. (By the way, this Hyaline cartilage that I’m describing, this hard Teflon like coating, is the same type of cartilage you will see on the end of a chicken bone! That hard rubbery cartilage on the tip of the bone is in fact the Hyaline cartilage.)

Joint pain typically involves inflammation or swelling inside of this joint capsule, which puts pressure on the Hyaline Cartilage coating the bone. When the pressure is severe enough, the pain-sensing nerves inside of the bone will be agitated and transmit pain signals to your brain. So, for example, if you do a lot of yard work like raking and digging, you overuse the hip and shoulder joints. This overuse will cause inflammation and swelling inside the joint capsule. This puts pressure on the Hyaline Cartilage and the nerve endings underneath. Pain signals will transmit to your brain stiffness and soreness and if severe enough actually pain.

Hyaline Cartilage
Image of Hyaline Cartilage

There are many conditions that lead to symptoms of joint pain. So, in the end, it is the pressure and agitation to these sensory nerves that tell you that the joint hurts!

Simple injuries, like accidentally dropping something on your hand or twisting/spraining your knee or ankle can also cause joint pain. This is because there’s a direct force to Hyaline Cartilage and to the bone underneath, agitating those pain-sensing nerve endings. The painful nerves trigger inflammatory cytokines that will cause the joint to swell. Cytokines in an acute setting or one-time setting, like a knee sprain, are actually a useful part of the healing process. In chronic arthritic syndromes, however, it is this pain that perpetuates the cycle of inflammatory cytokines via a neuropeptide called Substance P which is secreted by the agitated sensory nerve endings. Nerve pain – Substance P - Inflammatory Cytokines  swelling that leads to more nerve pain. The cycle of pain and inflammation smolders as a feedback loop in chronic joint pain conditions!

Summary:

From garden variety Osteoarthritis to more complex diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis, infection, or even cancer, joint pain is always the end result of the agitated sensory nerve endings inside of the bone.

The most important point is that most joint pain is our body’s response to something irritating the sensory nerves inside of the bone. There’s always a cause and an effect. The only way you’re going to have true joint pain is by irritating and stimulating the pain-sensing nerves in the bone underneath of the protective Hyaline Cartilage. 

Any other pain that you may be experiencing from a “joint” is most likely outside of the joint and not truly joint pain. Rather, it is a result of painful tendons, ligaments, or bursa near or around the area. So first the diagnosis of joint pain needs to be correctly made and then the workup and diagnosis of the underlying cause of the pain will direct proper medical treatment.

This is where AROmotion comes in. If you are experiencing joint pain and have been told to either treat the pain with over-the-counter medications or that you may need joint replacement surgery, contact us today for a free consultation. One of our board-certified physicians will talk with you and determine if you are a candidate for our minimally-invasive procedure that stops joint pain and gets you in and out of our office the same day, with minimal recovery time. Simply fill out the form below to request your free consultation with us today.

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Robert Dean, M.D., is board-certified in internal medicine and leads the practice at AROmotion. Since 1997, Dr. Dean has helped patients in clinical practice and has given numerous talks at various medical conferences. He has traveled around the world with the Starkey Hearing Foundation helping to give the gift of hearing. He. was voted one of the Top Doctors in Florida by his peers and is known for his ability to simplify conditions and treatments from confusing medical jargon for his patients.