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Health & Fitness: Relieve Back Pain By Fixing Your Hips

Are you like many people, with an aching back at the end of the day or worried about lifting an object due to your back going out? You are not alone, over 80% of the population will suffer back pain at one time or another in their life, according to CDC data.

Read this month’s issue of Health & Fitness – the newsletter about your health and caring for your body – for tips on how you can relieve your back pain by fixing your hips.

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Vincent D. - MRI Before & After

Competent, courteous, and caring.

I developed a severely herniated disc which made daily activities unbearable. I underwent epidural injections without relief. I did not want to undergo back surgery so I consulted with NorthEast.

The treatment program instituted by NorthEast provided much needed relief and, most importantly, without the need for surgery. I will be forever grateful to Drs. Kirk, Shu and Hubert and their staff for their care which has allowed me to resume my daily routine pain-free.

The doctors and staff at NorthEast are competent, courteous and caring. Their level of concern for my well-being was obvious from the first visit and continued throughout my course of treatment . I was fortunate to have found NorthEast and give this group my highest recommendation.

– Vincent D.
Herniated disc sufferer, Lumbar Decompression treatment patient

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James Kirk, DC

James Kirk, DC

James Kirk is a chiropractic physician and director of the NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine office in Barnegat, New Jersey. He earned his doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree in December of 2000 from New York Chiropractic College and has been with NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine since 2005.

Dr. Kirk has gone on to achieve post graduate certifications in electrodiagnostic testing and is board certified to perform Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS). He also holds postgraduate certifications in Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA), Clinical Biomechanics of Posture (CBP) and Musculoskeletal (MSK) diagnostic ultrasound. He is a member of the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors (ANJC) and was named a Top Doctor by NJ Top Docs in 2017.

Dr. Kirk specializes in spinal rehabilitation that includes restoring posture, biomechanics and disc decompression therapy. He has found that when the multi-specialty NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine approach to care is integrated, most patient’s experience better, faster and longer lasting results. Dr. Kirk’s ultimate goal is to restore patients to their lifestyle prior to injury, allowing them to live happier and healthier lives.

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Epidural Injections: What You Need to Know

Chronic back pain can be a result of a number of different issues. Sports injuries can lead to spinal damage, overstraining during physical activity can tear or overstretch muscles, and general wear-and-tear can happen to anyone regardless of age.

At NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, we’re proud to serve the residents of New Jersey with effective treatments aimed at helping them live a life free from chronic pain. One such treatment is the spinal epidural injection, a common procedure that thousands of patients undergo daily to relieve pain and restore range of motion. We’ve provided spinal and joint injections to residents of Freehold, NJ, and back pain sufferers across the state. For us these procedures are routine, but for our patients they make a world of difference. 

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Are You at Risk for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

It starts out with a slight ache in your hand and the feeling of being stiff in the morning. You think nothing of it and carry on with your everyday routine. Over the next few weeks, the slight ache has turned into widespread tenderness and joint pain throughout your body.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes pain, stiffness, loss of function, and swelling in the joints. This systematic disease can also affect your organs and cause bone thinning.

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Therapeutic Injections

What Can Costovertebral Joint Injections Do for You?

A cough. A sneeze. A deep breath. These actions are immensely painful to those who suffer from costovertebral joint pain. For these people, the common cold is an agonizing affair as every quick expansion of the lungs sends a shot of pain from the spine to the ribs. Even when not suffering from a cold, an inflamed costovertebral joint makes bending, twisting, or other movements of the spine feel like a red-hot poker sticking in the shoulder blade or the chest.

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Facet Joint Injection

Find Relief from Your Facet Joint Disorder with NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

At NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, we do much more than help patients in Marlboro, NJ, find migraine relief, as well as relief from arm, shoulder, or leg pain, etc. Our physicians also work to discover exactly what condition may be causing your migraines, neck, back, or leg pain, etc.

One condition that we come across, and that is often the cause of disabling neck, and low back pain is facet joint syndrome.

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How a Suprascapular Nerve Block Procedure Can Help to Relieve Your Shoulder Pain

If you play basketball or football, workout every day, or simply do a lot of daily activities that require you to use your upper body, you might have an idea of how hard it could be to do these things if you have a shoulder injury or pain. In fact, we are here at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine know that if you are suffering from shoulder pain, that it’s likely you’re already doing what you can (resting, using cold and hot compresses, taking over-the-counter medicines, etc.) to ease your pain. However, what if these methods aren’t providing you with the pain relief you need? Well, one procedure you can consider to help you find the relief you’re looking for is a suprascapular nerve block.

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Shoulder Impingement

The Anatomy of a Rotator Cuff Tear and How NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine Can Treat It

Snap, crackle, and pop.

No, this isn’t the sound you hear when eating Rice Krispies cereal, but something that no athlete ever wants to hear.

A rotator cuff tear can be devastating and painful for athletes who play sports such as baseball, football, tennis, and swimming. Continual fastballs, deep passes (like Aaron Rodgers launching a Hail Mary to the end zone), serves, and strokes take their toll over time by repeatedly putting stress on an athlete’s shoulder.

At NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, we provide expert treatment for rotator cuff injuries and sports medicine. In addition to providing care for your injury, we believe it’s important for you to understand what a rotator cuff tear is, and what its most common causes and signs are.

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Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial

How Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Offers Relief for Low Back, Arm, and Leg Pain

At NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, we know that not all of our patients will find the relief they are looking for after undergoing physical therapy, injections, or receiving medications, etc. for their low back, arm, or leg pain. To help these types of patients, we offer spinal cord stimulation (SCS) trials.

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    Jackson, NJ

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    1104 Arnold Ave.
    Point Pleasant, NJ

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    Barnegat, NJ

    609-660-0002

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    732-408-4492

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    Aberdeen, NJ

    732-997-4988

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Interventional Pain Management Clinic Helping Patients Live Pain-Free Lives Through a Variety of Procedures and Treatments

If you’re looking for a multi-specialty medical group that offers interventional pain management, sports medicine, chiropractic care, acupuncture therapy, and orthopedic surgery, look no further than NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine.

We have five offices located in and around Monmouth County, NJ and Ocean County, NJ, and we have many patients that visit us from the following towns:

  • Jackson, NJ
  • Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Barnegat, NJ
  • Brick, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Manchester, NJ
  • Aberdeen, NJ
  • Marlboro, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Monroe, NJ
  • Glassboro, NJ
  • Any many others

Since the beginning, our doctors and staff have been committed to treating patients who suffer from several different types of painful spine, joint, and orthopedic conditions. Furthermore, our goal is not only to reduce pain through physical rehabilitation, therapy, or any of our procedures and treatment options, but to help all of our patients have their functionality and quality of life restored.

Doctors with Superior Medical Knowledge and Compassion

One of the many benefits of choosing NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine is that we only use the most innovative and modern treatment options and procedures. Furthermore, every service and treatment option we offer is available at each of our five offices. Therefore, you should expect to receive the treatment you need whether you visit our office in Jackson, NJ, Point Pleasant, NJ, Barnegat, NJ, Manchester, NJ, or Aberdeen, NJ. Furthermore, when patients come to one of our offices they are always greeted with smiles, and treated with kindness. Every member of a team is respectful and empathetic, and will go to great lengths to ensure your pain management needs are addressed.
Another reason to choose our medical practice is because our team makes it one of their highest priorities to stay at the forefront of medical research so that they're offering the best care possible. Lastly, our physicians and staff also make certain that patients have the knowledge they need to help them live pain-free lives.

Comprehensive and Customized Care Provided by NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine

While some patients may only require one service and/or treatment option and procedure, others may require customized care plans to help them get back on their feet. After your initial evaluation, your physician will create a custom-tailored treatment plan that they feel will offer you with the pain relief you want. In fact, you should not only expect to be recommended with a treatment plan that will help to reduce and/or eliminate your pain, but one that will aid in increasing your activity level, and reducing the amount of pain medicine you take. In the end, you will be provided with a comprehensive and customized care plan that will greatly improve the quality of your life.
Even though pain is an unavoidable part of life, it doesn't mean you must suffer from it all throughout your lifetime. To learn more the doctors and staff at NorthEast Spine & Sports Medicine, our pain treatment options and procedures, and our locations in and around Ocean County, NJ, and Monmouth County, NJ, please browse our site. To make an appointment, please don’t hesitate to do so online, or give one of the offices closest to your home in Brick, NJ, Lakewood, NJ, Marlboro, NJ, Freehold, NJ, Glassboro, NJ, or another area a call today.