Neck pain is a common complaint. The cause of neck pain can vary from muscle strain, degenerative disc disease, whiplash injuries and osteoarthritis just to mention a few. Sixty percent of all adults will experience neck pain in their lifetime. Non-injury related neck pain usually develops over time due to the stress and strain of daily activities.
Whenever possible, it is preferable to use treatments other than surgery when dealing with neck pain. Physical Therapists are able to provide nonsurgical treatments to first ease your pain and other symptoms, make sure the specific issue is healing well and then to teach you techniques to insure not only the neck pain has resolved itself, but also to ensure that the pain or injury has not left you with any imbalances or permanent changes in the movement pattern of your body. Physical Therapists are your body’s rehabilitative specialists and can do wonders to relieve neck pain. They can help you to re-establish your body’s physical balance in order to avoid neck pain or prevent it from worsening.
Physical Therapists are able to treat neck pain and educate you in the following areas:
- Stretching and strengthening of the neck
- Proper posture for optimal neck strength
- Ergonomic principles to preserve the spine
- Prevention of future occurrences or flare ups of neck pain
Working with a physical therapist is beneficial because they are evidence-based health care professionals who offer cost-effective treatments that help improve motion and relieve pain.
In rare cases neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. If your symptoms last for more than a day or two, or if the pain is accompanied by arm pain, numbness or tingling it is advisable to seek attention from your primary care physician.