Your neck is a delicate structure that supports the weight of your head. As a result, neck pain affects 14% of adults. Yibing Li, MD, at the Center for Pain Management and Rehab in Peoria, Illinois, can help even when conservative medical care fails. The team offers integrative treatment that includes physical therapy, acupuncture, interventional medicine, and Dr. Li’s specialty, regenerative medicine. As a leading expert in regenerative medicine, Dr. Li conducts research and publishes studies showing that this type of treatment effectively heals and rebuilds injured tissues. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use online booking today.
Neck pain is usually caused by soft tissue damage. You may pull a muscle or ligament during sports activities, while lifting a heavy object, or from a whiplash injury. Bending your head for a long time while using electronics is another sure way to end up with neck pain.
Injuries aren’t the only source of neck pain. Over time, degenerative changes lead to conditions such as herniated discs, arthritis, thickened ligaments, and degenerative disc disease. Spinal stenosis occurs when an underlying condition narrows the space in the spinal canal.
If you have neck pain, there’s a good chance you’ll also experience problems such as:
Symptoms in your arms signal that you have a pinched nerve in your neck.
Depending on the underlying problem and the severity of your pain, you may need to temporarily modify your activities. But you recover faster with physical therapy that includes gentle exercises to strengthen your neck and improve mobility.
While many medical practices stop at immobilization and exercise, you can depend on the next level of treatment at the Center for Pain Management and Rehab. The team offers integrative treatment that combines the best from regenerative, alternative, and interventional medicine.
The Center for Pain Management and Rehab specializes in regenerative medicine. Dr. Li leads the way in the field with cutting-edge research. Her studies show that regenerative treatments do an exceptional job of treating arthritis and injured tissues like tendons and ligaments.
Regenerative therapies relieve your neck pain by rebuilding and healing damaged tissues. Examples of the treatments available include platelet-rich plasma, platelet-rich fibrin, stem cell therapy, and prolotherapy.
As a holistic provider, the Center for Pain Management and Rehab offers a range of alternative therapies, including acupuncture.
Interventional medicine includes minimally invasive (nonsurgical) treatments that directly target the source of your pain. Two common interventional treatments for neck pain are epidural injections and trigger point injections.
Epidural injections deliver steroids and a local anesthetic to nerves in your neck. The steroids offer long-lasting pain relief by reducing inflammation. Neck injuries often cause painful knotted muscles that relax with a trigger point injection.
Relief is available for neck pain. To learn more about your treatment options, call the Center for Pain Management and Rehab or schedule an appointment online today.