Neck and Upper Back Supportive Treatments

Neck and upper back pain is a common condition that will touch practically everyone at some point. The condition can be caused by an athletic injury, trauma, and overuse-related to poor posture. Some of the common conditions that cause pain include segmental dysfunction of the cervical and thoracic spine, Cervicothoracic Myofascial Pain Syndrome, cervical joint arthritis and ligament instability, cervical and thoracic disc herniations, and cervical dystonia. The pain can be located anywhere from the top of the head to the tops of the shoulder and upper back.


Diagnostic Tools

A thorough examination is conducted on every patient. Dr. Kaplan’s osteopathic training allows him to diagnose subluxation of the cervical and thoracic joints that can be a source of a previously undiagnosed pain. Gentle manipulation of these joints is frequently performed during examination for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Structural deficits, restrictions, as well as muscle weakness and imbalances are identified. X-rays and state of the art ultrasound technology are used for diagnosis of structural spinal problems. Advanced imaging techniques such as an MRI are frequently used for further evaluation of disc and spinal nerve problems.


Neck and upper back problems are a common source chronic pain.

A combination of ligamentous instability and joint inflammation are typically the underlying cause.

OWM Integrative Wellness offers cutting effective treatments to include dextrose prolotherapy, PRP, stem cell and peptide therapy to help the neck and the upper back region heal naturally.

Dextrose and Biocellular Prolotherapy

Ultrasound guided Prolozone injections of the cervical and thoracic joints are done to  relieve pain and inflammation of arthritic joints. Frequently, the injured area of the cervical and thoracic spine is a victim of underlying instability. Dr. Kaplan utilizes a Hacket-Hemwall Method to treat the entire spine ligament and deep spine muscle complex to promote joint stabilization. Treatment of underlying cervical instability frequently helps with headaches, facial and ear pain, as well as vertigo. Unlike a more commonly used target specific approach where just a joint that hurts is injected, our technique restores stability to the areas around the injury. This not only allows for better healing of painful joint but prevents recurrence of breakdown of the area in the future.

Concentrated dextrose solution is the first line of our regenerative treatments. When injected around the ligaments and deep muscles of the spine, it promotes ligament regeneration and mild cartilage repair.

PRP (platelet rich plasma) through an ultrasound-guided injection is a stronger biocellular treatment. It promotes joint cartilage regeneration and repair of worn ligament and muscle. PRP Prolotherapy technique is used in more advanced arthritic and degenerative cases. It directly delivers growth factors in the damaged tissue and activates a signaling mechanism that stimulates body’s stem cell production and recruitment to the site of injury. Repair and new tissue growth occurs quickly and naturally.

Stem Cell therapy is the most advanced regenerative technique available. Stem cells are extracted from either the bone marrow or fat and are immediately re-injected into the injured areas of the spine. Direct delivery of mesenchymal stem cells into the affected area allows for repair by growth of new healthy tissue.

Dr. Kaplan’s in-depth knowledge of peptide therapy allows him to stimulate repair and regeneration with specifically selected peptides. Tissue repairing peptides BPC and Thymosin beta 4 are used in the injection solutions and CJC/ Ipamorellin is often used to stimulate stem cell activity prior to the procedure. 

These peptides stimulate and enhance, Dextrose prolotherapy, PRP and Stem cell’s regenerative potential.


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