Neck Pain Specialist

Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center

Eli Loch, DO

Regenerative Medicine Physician & Interventional Pain Management Physician located in Yulee, FL

If you have neck pain or find it difficult to move your head, you might have difficulty working and carrying out everyday tasks like driving. This kind of disabling condition needs the expert help of Dr. Eli Loch, an interventional pain management and regenerative medicine specialist. At Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center in Yulee, Florida. Dr. Loch provides a range of effective therapies for neck pain and specializes in using Regenexx® regenerative medicine therapies. Discover how Regenexx could help you by calling the office or booking an appointment online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain (and pain in general) is broadly categorized into two types: acute and chronic. Acute pain is short term pain, usually less than 3-6 months. Chronic pain is pain that lasts over 3-6 months or the expected time frame from an injury, surgery, or disease process.

Problems with the musculoskeletal system are the most common cause of neck pain. Conditions that can give you neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Whiplash (ligament) injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Compressed nerves
  • Herniated or bulging cervical discs
  • Bone spurs
  • Muscle tension from stress
  • Rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disease

Muscle strains and the damage caused by whiplash are typically acute injuries. Nerve compression can be a result of pressure from a herniated disc or bone spur. 

Many causes of neck pain are due to the deterioration of tissues like discs, facet joints, or the stabilizing muscles and ligaments in your cervical spine.

What treatments are there for neck pain?

Treatments for neck pain generally begin with noninvasive options like physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, postural alignment, or working on functional movement. At times, certain medications may be used as well. 

If these approaches don’t relieve your neck pain, steroid injections into certain areas of the spine might be helpful. Patients who don’t get better despite these different treatments often end up undergoing spinal surgery to fuse their vertebrae or replace cervical discs in their spine.

These types of surgeries present risks and might not produce the outcomes you hope for. Dr. Loch at Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center specializes in an alternative type of treatment called regenerative medicine, which could help you avoid the need for surgery.

How does regenerative medicine help with neck pain?

Regenerative medicine uses various substances made by the human body to give nature a helping hand. Your body contains stem cells that start a healing response and can change into any other type of cell you might need. 

In your blood, you also have platelets. These cells also help heal certain tissues and injuries and can have a strong anti-inflammatory effect. 

Regenerative medicine procedures collect these amazing cells from your body, then concentrate them and return them to wherever you have acute or chronic pain. 

When the concentrated stem cells or platelet-rich plasma (PRP) reaches the painful area, they stimulate healing. This healing can be more effective than anything your body could manage alone.

What happens during regenerative medicine treatment for neck pain?

Dr. Loch uses the revolutionary Regenexx interventional orthopedics system, one of the most advanced regenerative medicine techniques available. Following the Regenexx stem cell protocol, Dr. Loch harvests your stem cells and reinjects them the same-day.

Before receiving your Regenexx stem cell injection, you get a prolotherapy injection that kickstarts your body’s healing processes. After having your stem cell injection, you also will have a PRP injection that encourages healing even further.

Your Regenexx stem cell treatment involves a series of injections, so will you need to visit Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center several times over the course of about one week. 

Because tissue healing and generation takes time, it could be several weeks or months before you can appreciate the full benefit of your regenerative medicine treatment.

However, Regenexx stem cell treatment can relieve chronic pain and help you avoid surgery. Best of all, your downtime is a fraction of what surgery requires, with little to no need for opioid pain medications or time off of work.

Call Atlantic Regenerative Joint and Spine Center today to find out more about Regenexx stem cell therapy for neck pain or book an appointment online.