Neck pain is a common orthopedic condition which is often left untreated until the condition becomes chronic. Neck pain is ranked the fourth highest in terms of disability in the United States. Nearly 50% of individuals will continue to experience neck pain to some degree if treatment is not provided. Causes of neck pain may include, but are not limited to the following: car accidents, sporting injury, postural dysfunction, sleeping position, work injury, repeated movements, muscle weakness, and muscle tightness.
Common complaints accompanying neck pain:
- Radiating pain from the neck to another area in the body
- Decreased motion
- All-over neck soreness
- Stabbing pain
How can physical therapy help?
Your physical therapist will do a thorough examination to uncover the underlying cause of your neck pain. Together with the therapist you will develop a specific plan of care usually consisting of hands on treatment, stretching, strengthening and education to address impairments found in the examination. Dry needling and manual therapy techniques may be utilized if the therapist deems appropriate. Your physical therapist will also assist you in making lifestyle changes to avoid recurrence of pain.