Head, Neck & Back Pain
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.
Head — 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.
Neck — 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.
Back — Low back pain is often caused by sprained sacroiliac and lumbar ligaments and responds well to prolotherapy. Lumbar disk degeneration that has not been resolved by other therapies can often be helped by PRP and traction.
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.
Low back pain is often caused by repetitive strain of the sacroiliac (SI) joint ligaments, and may be the most common of all disabling injuries. An unstable SI joint destabilizes the entire spine and aggravates most back pain, including sciatica.