Since 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 rotate, but if you are unable to move your neck normally, your life can be severely disrupted, and your activities can be limited. Depending on the cause and type of your neck injury or condition, your best choice may be Regenerative Orthopedics for chronic neck pain.
Your neck is composed of seven cervical vertebrae. These vertebrae support your head, serve as an attachment point for the muscles that move your head, and protect the spinal cord between the brain and thoracic vertebrae.
Symptoms involved with neck pain can include:
If you are experiencing ongoing 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.
Other Causes of Neck Pain?
A strain or spasm of the muscles in the neck or inflammation of the neck may be a cause of the neck pain you feel. Pain in the neck can also be caused by injuries such as whiplash or a blow to the head or neck while playing sports. Cervical disk degeneration, disc herniation, 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 are tired of ‘managing’ their chronic pain with NSAID or narcotic medications, various therapies, and exercises. Unfortunately, in many cases, these methods do not take care of the cause of the pain.
Musculoskeletal pain is primarily due to weakness in the ligaments, tendons, and possibly cartilage. The good news is that Regenerative Orthopedics, including Prolotherapy, PRP, and Stem Cell Therapy, can regenerate these damaged tissues and ultimately alleviate the problem causing the pain.
The Journal of Spine Research conducted a clinical study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of PRP for the treatment of neck and low back pain. The specific cause of the pain in the study participants was spinal disc herniation (HNP). The patients had already tried different conservative treatments that did not work. However, the PRP treatments resulted in over 80% improvement. Plus, the improvement lasted. These patients were followed for eight years.1
Regenerative Orthopedics work because they stimulate the healing cascade in the body. Solutions are injected into the affected neck ligaments, tendons, or joints, leading to local inflammation in that area. The localized inflammation triggers the deposition of new collagen, the material in which ligaments and tendons are made. New collagen shrinks as it matures and tightens the injected ligament, making it stronger.
Our goal at OrthoRegen® is for our patients to have an active, healthy, pain-free life. Regenerative Orthopedics is a safe, affordable option that allows you to keep working and remain active during recovery. These chronic neck pain treatments are among the few that encourage movement post-treatment. Movement is essential since it aids the healing process. By contrast, surgery requires you to reduce activity after treatment.
Would you like a second opinion before you have neck surgery or begin other treatments? Would you like to know if you are a candidate for Prolotherapy for your chronic neck pain? The only way to know for sure is to get a consultation. Contact Us Today for a consultation or call Dr. Fields at 310-453-1234.
1Cameron JA, Thielen KM (2017) Autologous Platelet Rich Plasma for Neck and Lower Back Pain Secondary to Spinal Disc Herniation: Midterm Results. Spine Res. Vol. 3 No. 2:10.