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Head, Neck and Back Pain

Treating Headaches, Neck and Back Pain
With Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy and Prolotherapy
Serving the Phoenix Area from Scottsdale, Arizona

Falls, sports injuries, whiplash, even minor bumps, and twists may damage your spine’s tendons, ligaments, and discs.

Together these tissues form a structural network that holds your head and torso erect. To stay stable after an injury, your muscles substitute, becoming overworked and causing pain (in your neck, upper back or scapula), muscle spasms, headaches, migraines, or tingling down your arm. Our patients come from cities across the nation to visit our Scottsdale clinic to treat their headaches, neck and back pain with platelet rich plasma (PRP) therapy and/or prolotherapy injections.


Headaches are often triggered by tendonitis of the occipital tendons at the base of the skull, which hold the head erect. When they fatigue, muscle spasms, headaches, and migraines may result. Our doctors use platelet rich plasma and/or prolotherapy injections to treat headaches and migraines.

Headache Causes

  • Caffeine headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Exertion headaches
  • Hormone headaches
  • Migraines allergy
  • Migraines
  • Post-traumatic headaches
  • Rebound headaches
  • Sinus headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Muscle tension headaches

Neck pain

Neck pain and muscle spasms are often caused by old whiplash injuries that loosened the ligaments supporting the neck. The pain may persist for years without proper neck pain treatments. Our doctors use platelet rich plasma and/or prolotherapy injections to treat acute and chronic neck pain. PRP therapy and prolotherapy can be used to effectively treat and heal neck pain caused by weak or injured ligaments.

Neck Pain Causes

  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Cervical Sprain Cervical strain, Neck strain, neck sprain
  • Foraminal Stenosis
  • Migraines
  • Occipital pain
  • Paget’s Disease of the Bone
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Slipped (Herniated) Disk
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Suboccipital muscle spasm
  • Suboccipital pain
  • Tension Headaches
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndromes
  • Vertebrobasilar Circulatory Disorders omit
  • Whiplash
  • Wry Neck (Torticollis)

Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is often caused by sprained sacroiliac and lumbar ligaments and responds well to prolotherapy, a popular treatment that our clinic offers for back pain relief. Lumbar disk degeneration that has not been resolved by other therapies can often be helped by PRP and traction. Low back pain is also often caused by repetitive strain of the sacroiliac (SI) joint ligaments. Low back pain may be the most common of all disabling injuries. An unstable SI joint destabilizes the entire spine and aggravates most back pain, including sciatica.

Upper Back Pain

Chronic upper back pain and trapezius muscle spasms are common and result from a sprained first rib, often caused by a fall on an outstretched arm that injures the shoulder and the ligaments at the junction of the neck and rib cage.

Our doctors use platelet rich plasma and/or prolotherapy injections to treat lower and upper back pain. PRP therapy and prolotherapy can be used to effectively treat and heal back or spinal pain caused by weak or injured ligaments.

Back & Spinal Pain Causes

  • Back structure problems
  • Cauda equina syndrome (a medical emergency)
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Disk bulge
  • Disk rupture
  • Fungal or bacterial infection, such as staphylococcus, E. coli, or tuberculosis
  • Herniated disks
  • Sciatica or irritation of the sciatic nerve
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Strains

Treating Neck Pain & Whiplash Injuries with Dr. Michael Cronin

One of the ailments of our modern culture is neck pain, often resulting from a whiplash injury from a rear-end-impact motor-vehicle accident. With this impact, there is actual stretching of the ligaments that hold the vertebrae of the neck together, so the neck joints become “hyper-mobile”. With hyper-mobile joints, the muscles have to work very hard to do what tight ligaments did so well – hold the bones firmly in alignment, in this case holding our heads upright. So you get muscle spasms. We see many people who may not have a lot of muscle mass in their necks, who got a rear-ended, and older people who are osteoporotic, and they have chronic neck pain. They are often on medications, and they have tried a wide variety of treatments without success.

Our average neck-pain patient has seen one or more of chiropractors, acupuncturists, and physical therapists. They’ve often been evaluated for surgery. They usually walk in with their own MRI. After what’s often years of these efforts, they are still in pain.

The core concept is that ligament tissue is white because its blood supply is limited, so the damaged collagen heals very slowly. Our injections strengthen ligaments by providing collagen and nutrients to the injured tissues and stimulating its metabolism, the ligaments become more robust, the patient’s neck becomes more stable, and the muscles no longer have to work so hard; they relax and the spasms go away.

As a result, these patients can exercise more and reestablish their muscle strength. We see consistently very good results for people with chronic neck pain from whiplash injuries, sports trauma, and even degenerative disc disease.

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