Managing Knee And Hip Pain Due To Arthritis

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OCEAN COUNTY – Arthritis is the wear and tear of the joint cartilage. It is similar to wearing out of the tire tread. The symptoms are usually joint pain, swelling and limitation of movement. The knee joint, hip joint, spine or any other joint can be affected. The most common cause is excessive joint overuse/loading (at work or in sports).

Obesity, previous knee injury, female gender and muscle weakness are well-known risk factors. The prevalence of knee osteoarthritis increases with age.

What can be done?

Management of osteoarthritis is focused on symptom relief, reduction of activity limitation and physical dysfunction, and improving quality of life. A common problem is patients limiting their activities due to arthritis. While staying active and moving may be painful, it is actually a crucial step to promote healing.
In fact, decreased activity has been shown to make arthritis worse.

Conservative treatments begin with weight reduction (if necessary) and stretching/
strengthening exercises to improve stability. Braces and orthotics to improve the
biomechanics are also helpful. Pain control with oral and topical medications
along with joint injections of steroids and hyaluronic acid (joint lubricant) are
helpful to reduce symptoms.

Newer approaches with PRP (platelet rich plasma) joint injections and stem cell transplantation have emerged as promising treatment options. Surgery remains the last resort if someone does not improve with conservative management.

Garden State Medical Center is staffed with the area’s leading pain management specialists.

We can work with you to help take better care of your body by promoting healthy joints, staying pain free and becoming more active.

For more information, call: 732-202-3000

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He is a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a diplomat of the American Board of Pain Medicine and is TEE Board Certified by the National Board of Echocardiology. Dr. Mann has taught at St. Barnabas Hospital, has been published in numerous journals, and has contributed CD-ROMs for medical training. Now a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pain Management Specialist, Dr. Mann has dedicated his career to helping those with pain. Having a surgical background, Dr. Mann saw that there are many people who need help managing their pain. “It’s a new field,” Dr. Mann says. “It’s not like any other field and I just wanted to help people in pain.” He chose Whiting as his first location to open his practice due to the large population of senior citizens there with conditions causing acute and chronic pain. Dr. Mann succeeds in his goal of giving patients the ability to live with pain at a functional level through his comprehensive services and diagnostic capabilities. He is committed to providing patients with the most advanced and state of the art technologies and medical equipment. It was important to Dr. Mann that he build a strong staff that is highly capable and follows the mission and goals of the practice. He feels fortunate to have found such a great staff comprised of 30 professionals including five doctors, two nurse practitioners and multiple medical assistants. One of Dr. Mann’s colleagues is his wife, Dr. Sunita S. Mann, who is the practice’s Neuroradiologist. Together they have three children. Though he runs a busy practice, Dr. Mann always makes time for his family, attending his children’s sports activities and family events. Dr. Mann and his wife have struck a positive balance of home and work life, and Dr. S. Mann commends her husband’s work ethic. “He works six days a week and he loves it,” she says of her husband. “You could send him to the office all seven days and he would be completely fine because he loves what he does.” “If I could help somebody and they come back to see me and say, ‘thank you doctor,’ that makes my day,” Dr. Mann says. “If we change their life and put a smile on their face…that’s the main thing.”