Neck and Upper Back Pain
Neck and upper back pain is a common condition that will touch practically everyone at some point. The condition can be caused by an athletic injury, trauma, and overuse related to poor posture. Some of the common conditions that cause pain include segmental dysfunction of the cervical and thoracic spine, Cervicothoracic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, cervical joint arthritis and ligament instability, cervical and thoracic disc herniations and cervical dystonia. The pain can be located anywhere from the top of the head to the tops of the shoulder and upper back.
A thorough examination is conducted on every patient. Structural deficits, restrictions, as well as muscle weakness and imbalances are identified. Advanced imaging techniques such as MRI and ultrasound can be used for further assessment.
Treatment Procedure Tools:
X-ray guided steroid injections of the cervical and thoracic joints can relief pain and inflammation of arthritic joints. Ultrasound guided techniques can relief thoracic joint related pain. PRP through an X-ray guided injection is a new, promising technique that seeks to promote joint cartilage regeneration. PRP Prolotherapy technique is used in advanced cases for rejuvenating and strengthening of the cervical, thoracic spine, and head supporting ligaments. Prolotherapy injections are used for rejuvenating and strengthening of the cervical and thoracic supporting ligaments.
Osteopathic Manual Therapy( OMT) is utilized during every physician encounter as needed for correction of cervical and thoracic joint restrictions. State of the art personalized one-on-one physical therapy is conducted to address restrictions, correct imbalances and promote strength of the supporting cervical and thoracic muscles. SpineForce is a revolutionary tool that is used to facilitate rehabilitation and allow for independent exercise during and after the corrective treatment phase. Private and small exclusive therapeutic Yoga classes are prescribed for gentle strengthening and relaxation of the chronically overused neck, upper back and shoulder muscles. Yoga also addresses stress related causes of neck pain through teaching of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and breathing techniques. Yoga program is typically instituted after completion of the physical therapy and rehabilitation program. It is used in conjunction with SpineForce for continued improvement of postural balance, conditioning, and strength.