Neck pain can radiate from the top of your head to the bottom of your shoulders. If you’re tired of living with chronic neck pain, Jeffrey Farricielli, MD, ABPMR, can help at The Center for Regenerative Medicine in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Dr. Farricelli uses innovative regenerative medicine techniques to restore function and flexibility in the neck, rather than masking the pain with medication, to promote long-lasting pain relief. Call The Center for Regenerative Medicine, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Your neck or cervical spine allows you the flexibility to turn and stretch while holding up the entire weight of your head. It’s no surprise that the neck is prone to injury and damage. Something as simple as sleeping in an awkward position can lead to long-lasting neck pain.
However, if you’ve been dealing with recurring or chronic neck pain, the nerves, joints, or muscles in your neck may be the reason behind your discomfort.
There are many causes of neck pain, including:
Arthritis is chronic joint inflammation that often worsens as you age. The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, causes the flexible cartilage that cushions your joints to deteriorate. Over time, the cartilage wears down completely, leading to pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in your neck.
The discs in your cervical spine cushion your vertebrae and provide flexibility for your neck. These discs consist of a hard outer casing with a soft center. Any small cracks or tears in the outer portion of your discs can cause the soft center to push through, irritating nearby nerves.
Poor posture, awkward sleeping positions, and sudden injuries and strain can tear the muscles in your neck. If these muscles don’t heal properly, you can develop chronic neck pain that radiates through your neck, head, and shoulders.
As you get older, you’re more likely to develop neck pain from age-related wear and tear. However, you can prevent neck pain from becoming a chronic condition with a few simple lifestyle modifications, such as:
You can avoid straining your neck by holding your phone with your hand, rather than cradling it between your neck and shoulders when you speak.
Dr. Farricielli at The Center for Regenerative Medicine offers several regenerative medicine treatments for neck pain, including:
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a substance in your blood that contains growth factors. When extracted from your blood and injected back into injured or damaged joints, muscles, or soft tissues, PRP repairs damage and stimulates cell regeneration.
Mesenchymal stem cells are in your blood, fat, and bone marrow. Much like PRP therapy, Dr. Farricielli can extract mesenchymal stem cells from your bone marrow and inject them back into your areas of pain to repair damage, relieve pain, restore function, and improve mobility.
Micronized fat aspirate injections take fat from your abdomen and inject it into the area surrounding your painful joints to alleviate joint pain in your neck.
Shockwave therapy is a noninvasive treatment that delivers targeted pressure waves into your area of pain to increase blood circulation and accelerate the healing process.
Botox is an injectable treatment that prevents muscles from contracting. If you’re experiencing painful headaches and neck pain from muscle damage, Botox can help relax your muscle.
To learn more, call The Center for Regenerative Medicine, or schedule an appointment online today.