When I first met Rick, he was really messed up due to CCJ instability, barely spending two hours a day upright. He eventually progressed to the patient I met this week in Grand Cayman, a man on the mend whose life has been transformed. Let me tell his story.
There are ligaments that hold the head on, and these can be loose or injured. For more information, see my video below:
Rick was totally disabled, so he went online and found Dr. Scott Rosa in upstate New York. Scott is a superspecialist in all things CCJ. He has a unique practice that includes advanced upright MRI with the ability to measure the flow of the fluid around the brain and spinal cord. In addition, he also has an unparalleled knowledge of the upper neck and CCJ instability. Rick was diagnosed with damaged upper neck ligaments and referred to our Colorado clinic for treatment.
I can't overstate how much the man I first met in 2016 was struggling. He had been a chiropractor in Canada who had been in car crashes. Then after a home refit project, it was believed some of the scar tissue holding together the alar/transverse ligaments likely broke free, leading to severe CCJ instability. When I first met him, he was only vertical about two hours a day, and if he moved too much or had to turn his head, he would be out for the rest of the day.
In addition, just getting Rick on a table for an injection was a challenge. His heart rate would race (tachycardia). This likely happens because of pressure being placed on the vagus nerve by his loose upper-neck bones as this nerve usually acts as the brakes for the heart. Finally, his inability to turn his head also presented barriers to being able to get the procedure completed. Despite that, after several alar/transverse ligament stem cell procedures, Rick is almost back!
His most recent report:
The upshot? I am amazed by Rick's progress. He's gone from totally disabled to functional. While we have some more work to do, he can now see the light at the end of a very long tunnel!
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About the Author
Christopher J. Centeno, M.D. is an international expert and specialist in regenerative medicine and the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells in orthopedics. He is board certified in physical medicine as well as rehabilitation and in pain management through The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.…