At any point in time, 10 percent of Americans are suffering from neck pain. As the American population ages, the incidence of neck pain will only increase. That’s because osteoarthritis in the neck area becomes more common with advancing age.
If you’re struggling with neck pain, you are not alone. That’s even more true if you are over 50 years of age. As many as 50 percent of Americans over 50 suffer some of these symptoms.
As today’s population, both young and not-so-young, continues to sit for extended hours, type on keyboards or spend hours watching television, we can expect more people to experience pain and stiffness in their necks and upper bodies. Our good news is that we have pain relief treatment options to this problem; that means you don’t have to reach for the prescription bottle to solve your aching neck.
The Healthiest Solutions for Neck Pain Relief
To help a patient suffering from neck pain, we must discover the cause of each individual’s pain. For one patient, we could find that the joints of the neck vertebrae are so locked up that they have lost their proper alignment. Misaligned vertebrae pressing on the nerves can send pain to many areas, including the face, head, or shoulder, and can cause weakness in the arms and hands. We may recommend lifestyle changes, chiropractic treatment, exercises, and nutritional support while the body adjusts.
Another patient may be suffering from a more long-term condition. In this case, the best solution is often to provide intensive healing support thru injections containing Wharton's jelly*, which has shown to improve capacity for daily activities by decreasing pain and inflammation, all by improving soft tissue strength and integrity.
Wharton’s jelly provides a natural source for long chain-hyaluronic acid and other proteins that are beneficial for joint lubrication and movement. It contains a high concentration of growth factors, proteins, and cytokines that contribute to the regenerative process by signaling the body’s own cells to the site of the defect.
By supplementing the defect with Wharton’s jelly, our goal is to use this structural tissue supplement as a non-invasive alternative to surgery.
Imagine Yourself Pain-Free!
Our mission at Physical Medicine of Oklahoma is to help our patients truly heal from the inside out. Prescribing pain medication is, at best, putting a patch over a problem. At worst, it could condemn a patient to a lifetime of dependence on a drug. Talk to us to learn the many techniques we have available to support and enhance your healing so you can have a new life without neck, shoulder, or head pain.
If you or a loved one suffer from neck pain in Oklahoma City, Edmond, or any nearby area, call us today at (405) 726-2727 to schedule a free consultation.
*The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has defined this product as being regulated by the FDA as a human tissue product subject to Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act and 21 CFR 1271. The product is a minimally manipulated umbilical cord allograft that is intended for homologous use only. CMS has described muscle and cartilage tears as examples of homologous use.