Every day, 10-20% of adults in the United States suffer from neck pain. Many of them experience severe pain that stops them from staying active and enjoying their lives. At New England Stem Cell Institute, Dr. Paul Tortland and Dr. Jeffrey LaVallee specialize in treatments that can relieve your neck pain by healing the damaged tissues responsible for the discomfort. As experts in regenerative medicine, they’ve helped many patients overcome neck pain with customized therapies like prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell treatments.
Between supporting the weight of your head and allowing for a full range of motion, the delicate structures in your neck are highly vulnerable to painful injuries. Whiplash is one of the most common neck injuries, but even a simple muscle strain from sleeping with your head in the wrong position can cause severe pain. Stretched and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons are some of the most common causes of neck pain. Spending too much time with your head bent while using a computer, smartphone, or other electronic devices often leads to neck strain.
Over the years, degenerative changes in your vertebrae, discs, and cartilage can also lead to chronic neck pain. Osteoarthritis, a herniated disc, and degenerative disc disease are a few examples of common causes.
Neck pain typically limits your range of motion and often causes headaches. When neck pain is the result of a pinched nerve, you’ll experience tingling, numbness, and sometimes muscle weakness.
Tingling sensations can travel along the nerve, so you may feel it through your shoulders and down your arms.
The first line of treatment fir neck pain includes conservative measures like anti-inflammatory medications and bracing your neck. If these treatments fail to provide relief, most doctors resort to steroid injections and nerve blocks. While these can temporarily mask your pain, they don’t heal what’s causing it.
The team at New England Stem Cell Institute can offer a better alternative: regenerative therapies that actively heal the damaged tissues in your neck.
Prolotherapy is done by injecting a solution of dextrose and Novocaine™ at the site of your injured neck tissues. Dextrose is a simple sugar that activates your body’s healing response. Prolozone therapy adds B vitamins and other cellular nutrients to the prolotherapy mixture and includes an injection of oxygen and ozone gas to stimulate healing.
The platelets naturally found in your bloodstream are packed with proteins called growth factors. When platelets are extracted from your blood, concentrated, and precisely injected into your injured neck tissues, the growth factors stimulate healing and tissue regeneration.
Your doctor at New England Stem Cell Institute can harvest your own adult stem cells from bone marrow or body fat and injects them into the targeted tissues. Then, the stem cells go to work, generating new tissues, reducing inflammation, and relieving pain.