Neck pain can happen from injuries like car accidents, degenerative conditions like arthritis, pinched nerves, tight muscles due to stress, and from poor posture. The neck is a one of the most important parts of our bodies. That’s because the neck connects special sensory organs like the ears, eyes, nose, tongue, as well as the brain with its network of nerves that communicates to the vital organs and muscles of the body. A hurt neck can change how the rest of the body functions.
How can My PT help my neck pain?
Custom Physical Therapy can help. An evaluation is performed first to find out why the neck hurts. This will include assessing posture, neck range of motion, muscle strength, cervical spine joint mobility, special tests, reflex testing, sensation testing, and palpation.
Next, a treatment plan is recommended. This can include therapeutic exercises, manual therapy, and the use of therapeutic modalities. Clients are asked to return for follow up visits to assess response to treatment so there is a natural progression of treatment.
Treatment plans could range from 1-3 visits per week. Depending on the severity of the problem, treatment may continue as needed. Because the body is dynamic and different events in life can affect progress, on going maintenance treatment can be very effective at controlling symptoms from worsening or returning.
What neck conditions does My PT treat?
- Pinched Nerves
- Neck sprains and strains
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Cervical Spine Stenosis
- Cervical Radiculopathy
- Cervicogenic Headaches
- Disc bulges and Herniations
What other symptoms happen to the neck?
- Weight pushing down on the shoulders
- Head feels too heavy
- Neck and shoulder muscle fatigue
- Pain at rest
- Weakness in the arms, hands, legs, or feet
- Difficulty with balance or walking
- Pain with movement
- Difficulty turning the head, looking up or looking down
- Numbness or tingling into the neck, shoulder, arm, or hand