Neck (cervical spine) pain has a variety of different causes. Some neck pain is caused by an acute injury sustained while lifting, turning the head, or playing sports. Other injuries of the neck come on slowly over time with poor posture. No matter the cause, a physical therapist can help you to figure out the cause of the pain and provide treatments to get your relief quickly.
Our physical therapists will work to evaluate the cause of the neck pain and provide treatment along with prescribed exercises to reduce your pain. The majority of our patients get some relief of knee pain within the first 1-2 weeks of treatment. We also provide access to an app from your phone or computer to help you track progress with exercises and to have videos and pictures of each exercise to make sure you are accurate with your technique.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Though there are many causes of neck pain, we will list the different types along with their causes. It is important to remember that all causes of cervical pain listed below can benefit from physical therapy and there is a lot that you can do to both reduce your pain and improve your function.
Disc injuries; Usually causes by lifting or being hit in the head but can be caused by excessive sitting with poor posture. Results in pain across the neck, pain into the upper back or shoulder blade, pain/numbness/tingling into the arms, and weakness of the arms. If the injury is bad enough it can cause symptoms into the legs, balance difficulty, and changes in bowel and bladder function.
Facet joint injuries: Caused by movement. Results in pain during movement that is sharp with dull aching at rest. Sometimes this pain can refer to the upper back near the shoulder blade.
Muscle strains: Usually occur with lifting or sports type activity. Results in pain in the muscles of the shoulders and neck that is made worse with movement.
Nerve impingement: Occurs due to age related changes of the spine. Also can be referred to as stenosis. Can cause pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling into one or both of the arm.
How is Neck Pain Treated?
Neck pain is treated with a variety of methods. Often times our physical therapists will provide hands on manual therapy such as massage type manual therapy and joint mobilization in order to help reduce muscle tension and increase joint mobility. With cervical injuries, patients often respond well to movement in a particular direction. This is why it is important to get an evaluation from a physical therapist to help you determine the direction of movement that you should be performing.
Patient's often notice some relief of symptoms after the first visit of physical therapy.
Why Choose HIDEF?
Our sports injury clinics have the the therapists trained specially to deal with pain related to the neck. Our therapist perform thorough evaluations of the the knee, and all other joints surrounding the neck (cervical spine). We work with you in a 1 to 1 care model with a customized plan of care based on your specific needs. All of our clinics have equipment designed to be able to care for all types of neck pain and injury.
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