Common Complaints, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment And How Physical Therapy Can Help
“My neck hurts worse in the evening or as the day progresses.”
“It hurts to sit at the computer or drive.”
“I woke up with a ‘stiff neck.'”
“I get a stabbing pain in my shoulder when I look up or turn my head.”
“My neck has hurt since my accident.”
The cervical spine is an area where stability is sacrificed for mobility, which makes it particularly vulnerable to injury. Injury can happen through trauma such as motor vehicle accidents or over time due to daily activities. Research consistently shows that the following contribute to most neck complaints:
- Poor postural habits
- Extended sitting posture
- Poor bending
- Poor lifting mechanics
These things tend to contribute to muscle imbalances and excess forces being placed on the many structures involved.
- Muscle strains or traumatic nerve injuries (ie. Whiplash)
- Myofascial pain and headaches
- Bulging or herniated discs
- Arthritis or Spondylosis
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Torticollis or wry neck
Along with skilled manual therapy, individualized stretching and strengthening and patient education, we may incorporate methods such as electric stimulation or heat and/or ice. Many of our therapists are trained in the McKenzie method which is a movement based approach to encourage patient independence in pain control.
Our goal is to quickly restore your function, relieve your pain and get you back to your favorite activities. A thorough home program will be established prior to discharge from formal Physical Therapy appointments. Patients can expect to be seen for approximately 6-10 visits for most cervical diagnoses.