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This video features our state-of-the-art medical facility in Ramsey, NJ and gives you a snapshot of our cutting edge diagnostic equipment and the hands-on approach we take with each of our patients.

Unlike other doctor offices, we can diagnose and treat your pain in one facility – so you don’t have to visit multiple doctors and locations to get the care you need. Our unique team approach will get you back to your life faster.

We treat a variety of conditions including neck pain, back injuries, joint pain, headaches and sports injuries – using non-surgical treatments like physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, regenerative injections, and more.

So whether you are a hardworking mom, weekend warrior, contractor, construction worker, teacher, policeman, fireman or sanitation worker – don’t let pain slow you down. Let us help you live pain free – without the need for surgery or dangerous pain medications.

To learn more about our pain management solutions, or the conditions we treat, please contact our medical facility in Ramsey, NJ at (201) 962-9199.

We look forward to being your #1 solution for non-surgical pain management!

Treatment for Tennis Elbow

Common Injuries: What is Tennis Elbow?

Common Injuries: What is Tennis Elbow?

 

This post is part of our ongoing series to educate our patients about common sports injuries and how they can be treated with our nonsurgical techniques. It’s all part of our commitment to helping you live pain free.


Tennis Elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) is an “overuse” injury that causes pain on the outside of the elbow, and it’s commonly seen in patients 30 – 60 years old. While this condition is typically associated with tennis, it is certainly not limited to that sport. In fact, in our Ramsey office, we see more patients develop Tennis Elbow as a result of exercise, DIY projects, baseball and (believe it or not) gardening.

What are the symptoms of Tennis Elbow?

Symptoms vary for each patient, but typically include:

  • Pain or discomfort along the outside of the elbow
  • Pain or difficulty with gripping objects
  • Pain when twisting your forearm (for example, turning a doorknob)
  • Swelling or inflammation at the outside of the elbow

What causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow can have many different multiple causes (both sports related and not), but the one consistent factor is overuse (doing the same or similar motions repeatedly). For tennis players, the injury is caused by repeatedly hitting tennis balls with the same stroke (most commonly with a backhand stroke). Over time, this puts repeated stress on the muscles that attach to the outside of the elbow, causing pain and discomfort.

Importantly though, this condition can be caused by many other activities – especially those with repetitive elbow, arm and wrist movements. That’s why many of the patients we treat for Tennis Elbow pain management are gardeners, landscapers, contractors, carpenters, house cleaners and construction workers.

How is Tennis Elbow diagnosed?

Tennis Elbow is a relatively easy condition to diagnose, thanks to our specialized staff and state-of-the-art medical office in Ramsey, NJ. We’ll start with a discussion about your pain and symptoms, and then one of our trained and certified physicians will examine your arm. Usually, that is all that’s needed to identify your condition, though sometimes a diagnostic Ultrasound may be recommended to confirm the diagnosis. Thankfully, an Ultrasound is painless, uses no radiation, and is performed right in our Ramsey office – no need for a referral or follow up visit!

In rare cases, we might recommend an X-Ray or MRI to rule out other causes of elbow pain, but we’ll be sure to carefully evaluate and explain all your options.

How is Tennis Elbow treated?

Would you believe that the treatment for Tennis Elbow usually begins with rice? It’s true! But not just any rice – we’re talking about RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).

(R)esting the elbow to allow the tendons to heal.
( I)ce should be applied 20 minutes every hour to help bring down swelling and reduce pain.
(C)ompression can be done with an elastic bandage or an over-the-counter strap.
(E)levation of the arm also helps to reduce swelling.

Further treatment options include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and injections. These treatment options vary for each patient, and our specialized sports medicine physicians will discuss and determine the most effective and least invasive treatment for your situation.

If physical therapy is recommended, we’ll start by focusing on pain reduction. As your pain improves, we’ll introduce customized exercises that stretch and strengthen the affected muscles.

If necessary, we offer several different injections to treat Tennis Elbow. Most commonly, we’ll use a cortisone injection to help with the pain and inflammation, but we also offer an exciting advancement in the treatment of Tennis Elbow: regenerative medicine.

One example of our regenerative treatments is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections – which involves using the healing and growth factors from your own blood and injecting them into the damaged tendon. We’re very excited about this technique, as it has shown tremendous success in treating Tennis Elbow. Beyond PRP Injections, we have other regenerative medicine treatments including Stem Cell or Amniotic Cell Injections that have a remarkable effect on the healing of damaged tissue.

All of the above treatments are performed in our state-of-the-art medical facility in Ramsey, NJ – so there’s no need for multiple referrals or physicians. In fact, no other medical facility in Bergen County offers everything we do!

At Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine, we specialize in nonsurgical pain management, and Tennis Elbow is just one of the many injuries we diagnose and treat in our Ramsey, NJ medical center. For more information, please see our full list of our nonsurgical services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

We look forward to being your #1 solution for nonsurgical pain treatment.

Preventing and Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

How to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 

Prevention is the most important alternative to pain management. Learning how to prevent common injuries, and taking the time to stretch appropriately can save you from years of dealing with pain. That’s why we’re happy to present this information – in hopes that it will help you live pain free.


Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition of the wrist causing pain and discomfort, as a result of compression of the wrist nerve. The main symptom of Carpal Tunnel includes numbness – usually in the ring finger, index finger or the thumb, although this numbness can sometimes extend to other parts of the hand or even to the forearm. Numbness most often occurs at night, and may be accompanied by pain and inflammation.

There are many predisposing factors that may increase your risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, including diabetes, obesity, pregnancy, and hypothyroidism. Several occupational causes exist, including jobs that involve heavy use of the hands and arms like heavy manual work, work with vibrating tools, and highly repetitive tasks – especially when performed in cold weather.

Fortunately, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be prevented fairly easily and effectively. Taking regular breaks while working at a computer or workstation is the most important preventative measure. We often recommend that our patients schedule recurring alerts and reminders in their smartphones to keep them on a schedule of taking breaks to stretch and move around. Alternatively, many smartphone apps are designed for this purpose and even include stretching videos and tutorials.

Another preventative measure we recommend to our patients involves assessing your workstation and making changes or modifications where necessary. For example, a wrist rest for your keyboard or mouse, or an angled platform for your laptop can help position your wrist correctly to avoid uncomfortable cramping and long term damage.

If you feel you are at risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, or if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms, we recommend you contact us or call (201) 962-9199 to book an appointment at our medical facility in Ramsey, NJ where we’ll be able to diagnose your condition and create a customized pain management solution including physical therapy, and other nonsurgical treatments – all performed on site.

Below we have outlined some basic stretching and isometric exercise techniques that may help to both prevent and ease the symptoms and flare ups from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. As with all exercises and stretching, be sure to introduce these techniques slowly and carefully.

Basic Finger Stretch

Place your hand firmly on a flat surface and gently press for a few seconds in order to stretch your fingers.

Isometric Hand Exercise

One example of an isometric exercise for reducing and preventing symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to clench your fist tightly for a few seconds, then release your fingers and fan them out.

Prayer Stretch

Start with your palms facing each other, pressed together in front of your chest, and slowly lower your hands down towards your waist. With this stretch you should feel a slight pull under your forearms. Take care not to overextend your wrists.

Wrist Stretcher Flex

The wrist stretcher flex is performed by extending one arm in front of you with your palm up, and then carefully bending your wrist down, so your fingers point towards the floor. Use your other hand to gently push on your hand, bending your wrist until you begin to feel a stretch in your forearm. Repeat with your other arm.

Wrist Extensor Stretch

For this stretch, begin with one arm extended out in front of you with your palm down, and carefully bend your wrist upward, so your fingers point towards the ceiling. Use your other hand to gently pull on your hand, so that you begin to feel a stretch in your forearm. Repeat with your other arm.

This is just a sample of the preventative stretches, and there are many other exercises, stretches and treatments we recommend for our patients who either have or are at risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. To learn more about how to prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, talk to one of our doctors or physical therapists at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today by calling (201) 962-9199.

At Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine, we specialize in nonsurgical pain management, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is just one of the many conditions we diagnose and treat in our Ramsey, NJ medical center. For more information, please see our full list of our nonsurgical services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

We look forward to being your #1 solution for nonsurgical pain treatment.

Preventing & Treating Back Injuries & Pain at the Gym

How to Avoid Back Injuries at the Gym

How to Avoid Back Injuries at the Gym

 

Prevention is the most important alternative to pain management. Learning how to prevent back injuries, and taking the time to perfect your form can save you from years of dealing with pain. That’s why we’re happy to present this information – in hopes that it will help you live pain free.


Exercise is an important part of your weekly routine – for the sake of your overall health and wellbeing – but nobody wants to put themselves at risk of long term pain and discomfort. Developing a back injury at the gym may prevent you from achieving your fitness goals, and worse, it could make day-to-day activities uncomfortable and painful. Fortunately back pain doesn’t have to be part of the program – that’s why it’s important to take the right precautions and preventative measures when working out.

Some of the most common back injuries for people who lift weights are targeted in the lumbar region and the lower spine, and these injuries can lead to serious problems – especially if left untreated. Sooner is always better when it comes to back and spine injuries, so if you are experiencing back pain, we recommend you contact us or call (201) 962-9199 to book an appointment at our medical facility in Ramsey, NJ where we’ll be able to diagnose and treat your condition – without the use of surgery.

The Importance of Staying Healthy

One of the most important things you can do to avoid back injuries at the gym is to maintain a healthy weight. Having extra weight on your spine may cause the discs to bulge and eventually become damaged. Reducing the weight that is supported by your spine will reduce the wear and tear on the disc and prevent future pain and discomfort.

Another health concern comes from cigarette use, which can alter the chemical structure of your intervertebral discs, leaving them vulnerable to rapid dehydration. As a result, these discs can become brittle, which increases the risk of tearing. For this and many other reasons, you should try your best to stop smoking.

Start at the Core

Another way to reduce the risk of back injury at the gym is to develop a strong “core” region. Your core is a collection of muscles that starts with your midsection, but it extends beyond just your abs – including muscles like obliques, rectus, transversus, and psoas muscles in the abdomen, along with back muscles such as the quadratus lumborum and paraspinals. A strong core is essential for a healthy, pain-free back because these muscles work together to provide support for your spine and skull.

Choose Your Routine Carefully

Some gym exercises can be more punishing on your body than others, and some should be limited or avoided altogether (without the assistance of a certified personal trainer). For example, Military Presses and Weight Assisted Lunges should be largely avoided, as they can compress the spine from the head area.

Overexerting yourself with too many reps or too much weight can lead to pain and discomfort, so always be sure to know your limits and work with a friend or spotter to keep you safe. It’s also important to make sure that you are maintaining the correct form and performing your exercises the correct way. When in doubt, ask. For example, one of our back specialists at our Ramsey, NJ facility will be able to show you the right way to exercise for your particular goals.

Don’t Ignore It

It is important to understand that back pain can be an indication of a more serious injury, when pain starts to manifest you should take note of your symptoms and see a specialist. Your instinct might be to fight through the pain and discomfort, but you may be setting yourself up for serious problems in the future – it’s not worth the risk!

To learn more about avoiding back injuries at the gym, and what you can do to eliminate back pain, talk to one of our doctors or physical therapists at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today by calling (201) 962-9199.

At Progressive Spine and Sports Medicine, we specialize in nonsurgical pain management, and back pain and spine injuries are just a few of the many conditions we diagnose and treat in our Ramsey, NJ medical center. For more information, please see our full list of our nonsurgical services, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

We look forward to being your #1 solution for nonsurgical pain treatment.

Tips for Exercising Workouts at Home

Tips for Exercising at Home

Tips for Exercising at Home

 

Numerous studies have confirmed the benefits of incorporating exercise into your daily routine. Working out for just 20 – 45 minutes each day can lead to tremendous improvements in your health, wellbeing and weight loss. But that doesn’t mean you need a gym membership to reap these benefits – there are many ways that you can maximise your potential to exercise in your own home.

Below are some tips and motivations to keep you on the right track!

Be consistent

An important attribute to a successful exercise regime is consistency. No exercise program in the world will work if you don’t do it consistently. This also helps you to stay focused on the mind-set of exercising, reducing the risk of giving up or procrastinating.

Follow an effective exercise regime

The top three suggestions by The American Council on Exercise are strength training, interval training, and increased cardio/aerobic exercise. Creating a healthy balance of these activities, is an important part of following an effective regime. If you’re just starting, or if you are looking for suggestions of what kinds of exercise to work into your routine, one of our doctors or sports medicine specialists in our Ramsey, NJ medical facility will be able to demonstrate the exercises that are best for you and your goals.

Set realistic goals

Don’t worry if you can’t run a marathon from the get go. Make a decision to start small and work your way up. Consider starting with a 15 minute walk each day (stretch first!), and then add time, distance, and intensity from there.

Use the buddy system

Working out with a friend who also wants to take part in exercise will motivate you to achieve your goals. This technique means you can encourage each other and strengthen your relationship at the same time.

Find an plan that fits within your life

Make sure that your exercise regime fits around your everyday life, without being too inconvenient or complicated. For example, this may be as simple as fitting in some simple floor exercises before you leave for work in a morning, or adding in some leg lifts while you brush your teeth.

Stay positive

It is important to stay happy in order to maintain your motivation. This can be achieved by participating in activities that you enjoy, and avoiding those that you don’t. For example, if you hate weights, you might want to try elastic bands. If the treadmill doesn’t suit you, you might want to try an elliptical or rowing machine to stay in shape.

Keep track of your body clock

To maximise the benefits you get from your workouts, try to exercise at the time of day when you have the most energy. If you are a morning person, consider scheduling your exercise in the AM. This type of activity will mean you achieve the most out of the effort you put in.

Ask a professional

When you are first getting started, consider seeking the advice of a professional. A physical therapist or a specialist in sports medicine can help you perfect your exercise form, and they can tell you what types of exercises will help you get the most out of your workout. Because of our team approach, we have both kinds of specialists (and more!) under one roof.

Get inspired

Fitness is a state of mind. Stay focused and inspired by watching videos, reading stories and blogs about people who have been successful in their exercise regime. Inspiration to succeed is everywhere!

Be patient

There will inevitably be ups and downs as part of your exercise routine, but remember to stay patient. It may take time before you start to achieve solid results, but your patience and persistence will be well worth it.

We hope you found these tips helpful. To learn more about how to effectively exercise at home, talk to one of our medical specialists at Progressive Spine & Sports Medicine today by calling (201) 962-9199.