A pain in the neck can literally be a pain in the neck. The key is knowing the best doctor who can alleviate the cause. Dr. Dorota Gribbin, whose Comprehensive Pain and Regenerative Centers are conveniently located in Princeton, Hamilton, and Monroe, specializes in the diagnoses, treatment, and prevention of a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders such as back, neck, head, joint, or nerve pain.

Dorota M.Gribbin, M.D. is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Section Chairman of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton.

“I grew up watching my physician mother work with her patients so you could say wellness is in my blood. We lived in such diverse countries such as Poland, Vietnam, France, and Morocco, and I absorbed a multi-cultural outlook to different customs and traditions,” Dr.Gribbin says. “I quickly realized that the key to wellness is listening to the patient and hearing what they don’t say as much as what they do.”

“I specialize in treatment without surgery and avoid unnecessary invasive procedures as much as possible. The goal is to provide highly effective treatment with no side effects. Trigger point injections are performed with normal saline, sterile water, or platelet rich plasma. Botox injections are used for treatment of chronic migraine headaches, spasticity, and improvement of appearance (an important element of esthetic medicine). Most of the procedures are performed in our offices on an outpatient basis.”

Years of careful observation led Dr. Gribbin to the conclusion that nearly 80 percent of musculoskeletal pain is a direct result of being overweight. “Controlling weight is vital to the prevention of pain. Therefore, I developed a medical weight loss regimen that combines diet, exercise, ergonomics, stress management, and relaxation techniques. Sleep management is also a vital component to maintaining health and forms a part of my comprehensive program promoting weight loss and balanced wellness. In addition, I prescribe a natural food supplement that is an extract from hot peppers. It increases body temperature by 1 degree C and therefore safely increases metabolism by 7 percent.”

Dr. Gribbin’s focus extends beyond muscles and joints. “We forget that the biggest organ in the body is the skin. I have formulated a skin care line that focuses on protection from UVA and UVB damage. The composition includes both chemical and physical barriers — mineral ingredients designed to minimize wrinkles, prevent moles and melanomas. The moisturizer fosters hydration of cells using extracts of green tea and coffee. Regeneration of cells occurs with use of retinol, glycolic acid, and phyto growth factors. Perfect ingredients in right proportions give amazing results that speak for themselves — just look in the mirror after six to eight weeks of using the products.”

Comprehensive Pain and Regenerative Care centers offer physical therapy on site. Sports medicine and fall prevention are also offered as key aspects of the practice. Most procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

Pain need not be permanent. A consultation can pinpoint the cause or causes of the pain and a broad range of treatment options and management techniques can put you on the way to wellness.

Comprehensive Pain & Regenerative Center, 181 North Harrison Street, Princeton. 369 Applegarth Road, Suite 4, Apple Plaza, Monroe. 2333 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 8, Mercerville. 609-588-0540. www.painandregenerativecarenj.com. www.antiagingaestheticsnj.com.

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