Pain in Neck & Headache Relief
Neck Pain Treatment and Headache Relief with Physical Therapy
Your neck is an integral area of everyday movement, and neck pain can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. When pain in neck and back of head presents difficulty when trying to sit up straight in your chair at work or tilting your head down to tie your shoes, physical therapy can help get you back to a normal, pain-free function.
Neck pain can cause debilitating and extremely uncomfortable sensations, especially if the pain stretches from your neck down to your shoulders. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. It can get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be needed.
Many people are able to find relief from their neck pain every year through the help of physical therapy. Our staff at our Anthem, Phoenix, Peoria, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Sun City, Glendale & Moon Valley, AZ physical therapy clinics are dedicated to providing you with the relief you need.
Is Physical Therapy Worth it for Neck Pain?
Physical therapy is one of the best methods for neck pain treatment. It helps in improving the range of motion and strength in the neck. Neck pain is a common problem these days. The most common cause for neck pain is strain to the muscles and ligaments in your neck. Physical therapy is one of the best methods for treating neck pain as it improves range of motion and strength in your neck and can help prevent the need for surgery or pain medication, such as opioid medication.
At OSR Physical Therapy, our physical therapists will conduct an initial physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion in your neck, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain.
They will then create a diagnosis that will determine the make-up of your treatment plan. You will work together to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your individualized treatment plan, with the main focus being overcoming neck pain and recovering as quickly as possible.
Treatments for your neck pain will most likely include manual or “hands-on” therapy, which consists of special techniques designed to reduce the stiffness of your neck and improve its range of motion. Our physical therapists will also provide you with targeted exercises that will strengthen, build, and improve the muscles and tissues in your neck.
We will focus on improving your posture to aid in the recovery of your neck muscles, as well as avoiding re-injury in the future. Additional treatment services may include ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation, as our physical therapist deems fit.
What’s causing my neck pain?
Neck pain is most commonly caused by injury to the tissues or bone structures in the neck; however, certain degenerative conditions can also lead to neck pain. Some common conditions that give you a pain in your neck include:
Much like any other joint in your body, the neck joints can erode with age, causing pain. Conditions such as osteoarthritis can also reduce the cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck, also resulting in neck pain.
Certain diseases and ailments can result in neck pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, or cancer.
If you have a herniated disc in your neck, or narrowing of the foramen (space where the nerves exit the spine), the nerves that branch out from your spinal cord can become compressed. In some cases, nerve pain can even extend from the neck all the way down to the hands and fingers — a condition known as “radiculopathy.”
Muscle strains can occur when the muscles in your neck can become strained by overuse. Even something as simple as sitting at your desk all day with your neck craned toward the computer screen can lead to a strain in your neck muscles.
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that result in neck pain, typically sustained by an automobile or high-impact sports collision. This is known as a “strain” injury, causing the head to whip rapidly back-and-forth, thus affecting the soft tissues in the back of the neck.
Why did my neck pain develop?
There are a number of reasons why neck pain may occur. When someone experiences neck pain, it typically runs from the base of their skull to the top of their shoulder blades, finally settling in the back of the neck. The pain can vary in severity, from a constant dull ache to sharp and stabbing pains.
Neck pain can sometimes include additional symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
- Arm weakness
- Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort
- Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long
- Numbness or tingling into the upper extremities
- Stiffness and muscle tightness in the upper body
Find relief for your neck pain today
Don’t let your daily discomfort be a pain in the neck any longer. Contact our office to speak with one of our licensed physical therapists, and schedule your initial consultation! We will help you get started on the road toward long-lasting pain relief.