Overview of Head and Neck Conditions
Pain in the neck won’t go away? The root cause may not be what you think it is.
The head is supported by the top of the vertebral column at C1, the atlas. The juncture of the head to the neck consists of the hyoid bone, auditory ossicles and the atlas. The occipital bone connects with the atlas near the foramen magnum, a large hole that contains the spinal cord. The Autonomous Nervous System is also located near the base of the skull. The criticality of the area cannot be overestimated, but often it is ignored.
Our neck gives our head exceptional flexibility. It is composed of seven cervical vertebrae and six intervertebral discs which give us an evolutionary edge with the ability to scan almost 260-degrees around us with rapid lateral movements of the neck. Neck flexibility also means vulnerability to high-stress events such as car crashes, tackles, falls, and other traumas.
Several conditions plague our necks and head, including concussions, headaches, disc injuries and temporomandibular joint problems. Many are recurring, often with higher levels of pain.
Soft tissue injuries to the head and neck are often the root cause of your chronic pain. Damage to the delicate capsular ligaments along your facet joints can loosen the connectivity of your bones, allowing nerves to be pinched, causing pain to be generated.
At the age of eighteen, Dr. Scott Greenberg’s car was hit by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver. He was injured and diagnosed with a concussion. He then suffered from severe headaches and neck pain for ten years, symptoms of post-concussion syndrome. He was searching for a natural way to heal that would solve the root cause of his problem. He learned about Prolotherapy, had several treatments and finally experienced life without pain once again.
Prolotherapy has been used for over 80-years, but it was Dr. George S. Hackett who formalized it in the 1950s as an effective therapy for a range of soft tissue diseases including arthritis. He described Prolotherapy as “the rehabilitation of an incompetent structure by the generation of new cellular tissue.”
After his recovery, Dr. Scott Greenberg dedicated himself to using Prolotherapy to treat thousands of patients using the natural, holistic treatment. He has become a leading practitioner of Prolotherapy and the developer of Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT) which includes Prolotherapy, Platelet-Rich Plasma and Stem Cell treatments.
Dr. Scott Greenberg is a pioneering leader in prolotherapy, PRP, and stem cell procedures. He serves as the chair of the Institutional Review Board of the American Association of Stem Cell Physicians and is a founding board member. He was a member of the first team to repair a meniscus tear using stem cell therapy and has treated many professional and Olympic athletes among the thousands of people helped since starting his practice in 1999. He also has the distinction of being named Director of the Regenerative Medicine team at the Dee Adams Center for Integrative and Regenerative Medicine at the Bryn Mawr Hospital.
If you or a loved one is looking for a regenerative strategy to treat your chronic conditions, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.
The Biology of Prolotherapy and Its Application in Clinical Cervical Spine Instability and Chronic Neck Pain: A Retrospective Study; Hauser, Steilen, Gordin; Europ. Journ. Of Preventive Medicine, 2015; 3(4) 85-102
A Systematic Review of Dextrose Prolotherapy for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain; Hauser, Lackner, Steilen-Matias, Harris, Caring Medical Regeneration