Toms River Wellness Center

These are short descriptions of conditions and everything in between often seen at the Wellness center but certainly not an inclusive list. Dr Hartanowicz has been practicing for over 30 yrs.

It is often helpful to use the site search feature as some of these and other conditions are discussed in more then one area of the site. Frequently additional information is on our face book page. ( ) Please also see Auto Immune disease examples

Musculoskeletal disorders, muscular aches and pains

 (for example, chronic lower back pain, neck pain, or joint pain)

A musculoskeletal disorder is a condition where a part of musculoskeletal system is injured over time.
The disorder occurs when the body part is called on to work harder, stretch farther, impact more directly or otherwise function at a greater level then it is prepared for. The immediate impact may be minute, but when it occurs repeatedly the constant trauma cause damage.

The term musculoskeletal disorder identifies a large group of conditions that result from traumatizing the body in either a minute or major way over a period of time. It is the build up of trauma that causes the disorder.

These conditions are often focused on a joint and affect the muscle and bone. However other areas can be strained and their response to that trauma can be an injury.

Anxiety is a general ...

     ....term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.

People often experience a general state of worry or fear before confronting something challenging such as a test, examination, recital, or interview. These feelings are easily justified and considered normal. Anxiety is considered a problem when symptoms interfere with a person's ability to sleep or otherwise function. Generally speaking, anxiety occurs when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation.

Anxiety disorders can be classified into several more specific types.

High blood pressure (hypertension) 

   results when blood places an excessive amount of force on the walls of the blood vessels. The heart and kidneys (which filter blood to regulate blood pressure) have to work harder than usual to do their jobs, leading to heart failure and kidney disease. Blood vessels in the brain may also weaken and burst, causing a stroke

Cholesterol Problems

Cholesterol is a paradox: Everyone needs it, but too much of this good thing can spell trouble for some people. A soft fat-like substance, cholesterol aids vital bodily functions such as building new cells and producing hormones.

The body gets cholesterol in two ways: 80% of it is produced by the liver and the rest comes from your diet. Cholesterol is found in foods derived from animal products like meat, cheese, poultry, or fish.

Understanding Cholesterol
Find out more about cholesterol:
Diagnosis and Treatment
Note that foods that don't contain animal products may contain another harmful substance called trans fats, which cause your body to produce more cholesterol. Also, foods with saturated fats cause the body to make more cholesterol. Foods high in sugar are also associated with developing higher cholesterol levels in the blood.

Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream by attaching to certain proteins. The combination is called a lipoprotein. There are four different types of lipoproteins that carry cholesterol in the blood:

High density lipoprotein (HDL) or "good cholesterol"

Low density lipoprotein (LDL) or "bad cholesterol"

Very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), which are very bad forms of cholesterol.

Chylomicrons, which carry very little cholesterol, but a lot of another fat called triglycerides.
The amount of cholesterol in your bloodstream is important because of its role in various cardiovascular diseases. The risk of developing these conditions is complex and depends not only on how much cholesterol but also what kind of cholesterol you have in your blood. Generally speaking, high levels of LDL -- the "bad cholesterol" -- are associated with increased risk of developing coronary heart disease; high levels of HDL -- or "good cholesterol" -- are associated with decreased risk.

LDL cholesterol collects in the walls of arteries, initiating "hardening of the arteries" or atherosclerosis. People with atherosclerosis are in turn vulnerable to heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and other problems caused by clogged blood vessels. Even so, some people who have high LDL cholesterol never actually get heart disease, and many heart attack victims do not have abnormally high cholesterol levels.

Cholesterol levels can increase with:

Diets high in saturated fats, trans fats, and sugar


A sedentary lifestyle

Thyroid disorders/ problems

 Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences almost all of the metabolic processes in your body. Thyroid disorders can range from a small, harmless goiter (enlarged gland) that needs no treatment to life-threatening cancer. The most common thyroid problems involve abnormal production of thyroid hormones. Too much thyroid hormone results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism. Insufficient hormone production leads to hypothyroidism.

Although the effects can be unpleasant or uncomfortable, most thyroid problems can be managed well if properly diagnosed and treated.


  Diabetes, often referred to by doctors as diabetes mellitus, describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. Patients with high blood sugar will typically experience polyuria (frequent urination), they will become increasingly thirsty (polydipsia) and hungry (polyphagia).


Fibromyositis; Fibrositis

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.