Shoulder & Knee Pain Treatment
Shoulder and Knee Pain Treatment in Wall, NJ (Monmouth County)
Dr. Anthony Criscuolo: Active Release and Chiropractic Center
Shoulder pain is treated without surgery or medication at our facility
The shoulder joint can shift out of alignment causing the muscles and ligaments to pull differently. This leads to muscle spasms, inflammation and pain that may not go away on its own. Dr. Anthony Criscuolo will provide gentle adjustments to the shoulder to distract the joint or shift it forward or backward, depending on symptoms. He will also adjust the spine to bring balance to the body and improve posture. By having the neck and upper back adjusted, it will also help relieve shoulder discomfort.
Dr. Criscuolo also provides other treatments that effectively help reduce shoulder pain. All of our therapies work with the muscles and tissues to reduce inflammation and allow the body to stay aligned. These treatments will also help release stubborn knots from tight or damaged muscles and tissues.
These treatments include:
- Active Release Technique
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Extremity Adjusting
Chiropractic care can help with knee pain
Osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis in the knee, is caused by the gradual degradation of the cartilage in the joint. A deformity can lead to arthritis in the knee, but more often, obesity or excess weight, or repetitive stress injuries from sports are the culprits. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness or locking joints.
The knee is a joint that relies heavily on ligaments and muscles for stability. When pain is perceived as coming from the knee, all the anatomical components need to be examined. In addition to the knee joint, the low back, pelvis, hip, ankle and foot need to be evaluated due to the direct influence they have on the knee, and vice versa.
How we treat patients with knee pain
Each patient that visits our facility is unique, therefore the course of treatment recommended by Dr. Criscuolo will vary from patient to patient. Most commonly, Dr. Criscuolo will utilize specific chiropractic manipulation techniques to areas of restricted movement in the knee and surrounding joints. These manipulations can increase movement, improve function and reduce pain.
Inflammation is also reduced with ice and a customized rehabilitation and exercise program will be provided by Dr. Criscuolo. This individualized program will include rehabilitative exercises to complete at our facility, as well as the patient’s place of residence.
My occupation at the time kept me on a keyboard for eight hours a day. I began experiencing pain after about 4 months on the job. The pain started in my right wrist. I went to an orthopedic surgeon and he then sent me for an EMG test. The results of that test confirmed a compression of the nerve and the diagnosis was carpal tunnel syndrome. I was then advised to try a couple of months of physical therapy. I tried this but it was of no help. The pain kept getting worse and worse and I was finally forced to start using a brace. At this point I was advised that I could undergo arthroscopic surgery. I was not offered any other solutions. I was operated on and then underwent more physical therapy to regain what I had just lost.
Several months later the pain came back with a vengeance. It got worse faster than before and as an added bonus, I developed it in the left wrist. I was sent to a different doctor who sent me for the EMG test again and an MRI of my wrists. The tests showed no improvement on the right side post surgery, and now I developed nerve compression on the left. At this point the doctor could only offer me more surgery. This time it would be an open cut and there were no guarantees as to it’s success. At this point I figured that surgery did not fix it the first time, then there was no way I was going to do it again. So I lived with the severe pain. I was then contacted by my insurance company, of all people, to see how I was. I informed them that I was once again in great pain only worse than before.
After some research, my agent suggested I try Active Release Techniques®. I was sent to a chiropractor, Dr. Criscuolo, for this treatment. When I first saw him I was wearing a brace on my right hand and close to wearing it on the left. I then began a very intensive treatment that began at 3 times a week. Gradually, as I improved, the visits decreased to 2 times a week, then one, then none.
After the pain was just about gone, he sent me for a repeat MRI and EMG. The results this time showed a marked improvement. I went from a debilitating condition to an occasional annoyance. If I use a mouse or keyboard I might have some discomfort once in a while, but it is something I can most definitely live with considering where I was when I made my first visit.
The only regret I have is that I was not made aware of this technique when my condition first appeared. If I was made aware, I could have avoided surgery. My life would have been filled with much less pain. If you think you have this condition, consult your doctor. Then inquire about Active Release Techniques®. This technique works. I was a very severe case and it literally saved my life.