Mark - Neck
Because the neck is less protected than the rest of the spine, it is far more vulnerable to injuries and disorders that can cause pain and even restrict your motion. The neck enables the head to move and to rotate. It is composed of seven cervical vertebrae. These vertebrae support the head, serve as an attachment point for the muscles that move the head, and protect the spinal cord between the brain and thoracic vertebrae.
Symptoms of neck pain can include: headaches, pain in the shoulder, arm or hand, reduced range of motion in the neck, numbness, weakness, and slower reflexes in the arms, legs, hands and feet. If you are experiencing minor neck pain, you may be experiencing early symptoms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis can begin as young as thirty and symptoms may begin to appear years after the disease begins.
A strain or spasm of the muscles in the neck or inflammation of the neck can be the causes of the neck pain we feel. Pain in the neck can also be caused by injury such as whiplash or a blow to the head or neck while playing sports. Cervical disk degeneration, a pinched nerve, meningitis, influenza, a heart attack or torticollis, can also be causes of neck pain. Anything that causes stress on the muscles in the upper body and arms, including poor posture, and sleeping on a pillow that is too high, can be causes of localized neck pain.
Many patients come to us tired of ‘managing’ their chronic pain with NSAID or narcotic medications, various therapies, and exercises. In many cases, these methods do not take care of the cause of the pain. Most of the time, musculoskeletal pain is due to weakness in the ligaments, tendons and possibly cartilage. Prolotherapy can regenerate these damaged tissues and ultimately alleviate the problem causing the pain. Our goal at Pacific Prolotherapy and Medical Wellness Center is for our patients to have an active, healthy, pain free life. Prolotherapy is a very safe, affordable option that allows you to keep working and training during the recovery process. It is one treatment that encourages movement post-treatment. Movement actually aids the healing process after Prolotherapy.
Contact us to see if you are a candidate for Prolotherapy or for a second opinion before you have surgery. Call today for a consultation, (310) 453-1234.