WHAT IS NECK PAIN?
Pain from the cervical spine can present as pain in the neck, upper shoulders, head (headaches) and even radiating pain or numbness down the arm or into the hand. Neck pain can be debilitating and is one of the most common reasons why people go to the doctor, miss work or stop participating in activities they enjoy.
the main types of neck pain
what can you do about your neck pain?
exercises for neck pain
What is Physical Therapy?
- Physical therapists are trained, licensed specialists who help individuals develop, maintain and restore maximum movement and function. Physical therapists specialize in helping restore flexibility and strength to the spine to allow you to enjoy your life, pain free. Discuss with your doctor if physical therapy is a good option for your neck pain.
- Medical research has shown physical therapy to be an effective treatment with positive long term outcomes for patients with neck pain. A successful treatment plan consists of the following: hands-on therapy, an exercise program, posture & body mechanics training, and modalities (cold/heat, ultrasound electrical stimulation).
Physical therapists are trained to apply specialized, hands-on techniques that help relax tight muscles and restore joint movement in the neck.
A patient-specific exercise program focusing on mobility and strength will be designed to help you return to your optimal daily activity and quality of life.
Physical therapists are experts at movement analysis. Your physical therapist will help you improve your posture and body mechanics (especially reaching and lifting) for your daily activities.
Cold/heat, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation are used to decrease pain and relax the muscles.