Neck Pain Treatments & Relief Physical Therapy

Chronic neck pain is a grievous issue that makes it hard to perform normal, everyone duties. Besides limiting the range of motion you have with your head and neck, It can also be a source of pain that expands to your arm, hand or shoulder.

Physical therapy for neck pain is the most common treatment. Neck therapy goals include improving neck range of motion, reducing stiffness and pain, and strengthening neck support. With hard work in physical therapy, you can eliminate the pain promptly and get back to your normal function and activity safely and quickly. 

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Neck Pain Causes

Your cervical spine or neck contains seven bones called vertebrae that are arranged one on top of the other. In between each vertebra is an intervertebral disc, which is a spongy material that cushions the bones. There are two joints at the back of each vertebra which connect with the joints of the vertebrae underneath.

Your spinal cord is protected by the bones of your neck which allows for normal range of motion to happen. The neck is quite flexible enabling you to move and look in many directions. 

There are several various causes of neck pain.

  • A weak sitting posture can put your neck in an irregular position that results in pain.
  •  Vehicle accidents, sports injuries, and other trauma can bring on a painful problem known as whiplash.
  •  Conditions from disc problems or arthritis can also be a source of neck pain.

Pain that originates in your neck can be felt in other places, making the situation baffling and a challenge to treat. Neck pain might be felt directly in the neck, on one side of the neck, in the shoulder blade, or as another type of shoulder pain.

When a nerve in the neck is pinched or irritated, pain may be felt traveling down the arm and into the hand. You may feel tingling, numbness or weakness in your hand or arm as well. Discussing all your symptoms can help your physical therapist understand your condition and recommend the best treatment options for you. 

When Neck Therapy is Recommended

Undefined Chronic Pain

When neck pain keeps recurring or continues to linger, it can be hard to identify the exact source. No matter if there is a diagnosis or not, improving the strength of the neck muscles can give them more ability for improved support of the cervical spine and become more resistant to pain.

Surgery Recovery

There are some neck surgeries that can result in considerable stiffness and pain. For instance, an ACDF (anterior cervical discectomy with fusion) surgery includes the fusing of two or more neck vertebrae which can change how some upper back and neck muscles move. Physical therapy can assist in working through stiffness, preventing or reducing painful spasms, and increasing neck function in cases like this.

Injury Recovery

Certain injuries, like whiplash, can cause damage to the soft tissues in the neck and joints which results in pain or stiffness that may last for weeks or months. Pain can be reduced and the neck can return to normal function with a physical therapy program.

Chronic Conditions or Diseases

Certain medical conditions like Nerve Compression, Fibromyalgia,  Spondylosis, and Herniated Disc may recommend neck physical therapy as part of a larger treatment program.

In some cases, neck pain can indicate serious injury or illness that may require a doctor’s care. Your ALLCARE Physical Therapist can help you lessen the pain and furnish you with an effective game-plan to prevent future incidences of neck pain. 

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Allcare Physical Therapy
1213 Avenue P, Brooklyn, NY

Monday8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM–7:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM–12:00 PM
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Sunday8:30 AM–1:30 PM