PRP Neck Pain Relief options are now being offered in Gilbert, AZ and the surrounding communities of Chandler, Queen Creek, San Tan and Mesa, AZ by various skilled regenerative medicine physicians.
Overview of Neck Pain
One of the most common presentations of neck pain is due to whiplash injury to the cervical spine. This can occur from various strong forces to the neck but is most commonly from motor vehicle accidents and contact sports such as football and mixed martial arts. After the initial force, the neck experiences a quick back and forth motion that is referred to as a whiplash. This motion creates sprain and strain on the ligaments, muscles, discs and tendons of the cervical spine that collectively make up the neck.
Signs and Symptoms
- Neck Pain
- Muscle Stiffness
- Decreased range of motion of the neck
- Radiating pain into the arms
- Muscle tenderness or trigger points in the neck
Neck pain due to whiplash injury can commonly be diagnosed in office by a detailed case history and orthopedic physical exams that evaluate the neck’s range of motion, tenderness, and nerve function. Usually, x-ray and MRI imaging are ordered to evaluate the severity of the injury and for auto accident liability purposes. Generally, conservative care such as resting, rotating ice and heat, stretching, and over the counter pain medications are used initially. This can include NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen or analgesics like Tylenol. If pain persists beyond this point, prescription medications may be used to control pain severity. This could include opioid pain medications, or muscle relaxers such as Flexeril. Some doctors may also suggest physical therapy at this time to restore functionality and range of motion of the neck. For severe cases, steroid injections into the cervical spine may be used to control pain and inflammation for the patient.
PRP Neck Pain Relief
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections are a new cutting edge option to treat cervical pain due to whiplash injury. The treatment involves taking a sample of the patient’s own blood, centrifuging, and then extracting the platelets from the other components of the blood. Once the platelets are extracted and concentrated, they then can be injected into the the damaged structures of the neck. The aim of the treatment is to restore structural strength of the neck by treating the laxity and micro trauma of the ligaments and tendons. This typically involves the intertransverse, supraspinous, ligamentum nuchae, and the posterior and lateral atlantooccipital ligaments of the cervical spine. Better results are also achieved by treating the microdamage of the supraspinatus, levator scapulae, trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, superior obliquus capitis, inferior obliquus capitis, rectus capitis posterior, and splenius capitus muscles
Platelet Rich Plasma Benefits
- Pain Relief
- Strengthens Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilage, and Connective Tissue
- Utilizes your Natural Growth Factors
- Minimal Downtime
- Non-Surgical / Non-Invasive
This comprehensive approach to pain allows the body to recover from the damages sustained during the whiplash. The PRP injections treat the damaged ligaments and tendons that were stressed and micro damaged from the force of the injury while strengthening all the supporting structures of the neck. This type of regenerative medicine provides a great alternative option to conventional steroid injections and/or pain medications and has a synergistic effect when combined with physical therapy or chiropractic care. Patients begin seeing improvement typically within the first 6 weeks, with the best results observed 3-6 months post injection. Improved range of motion and functionality are also observed following comprehensive treatment by a well trained physician. These outcomes provide attractive alternatives to conventional care with minimal expense and downtime. For more information about regenerative injection therapy, or to get referred to a PRP physician who treats neck pain, please contact us at: 480-648-1534
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