Neck pain can make it difficult to function normally, as your neck plays an important part in everyday movement. Neck pain relief, especially if it extends from your neck to your shoulders, is painful and can be debilitating.
If your neck pain is preventing you from doing daily tasks comfortably, like sitting up straight in your chair at work or causing you to tilt your head down to tie your shoes, physical therapy can help you get back to your normal, pain-free function.
It can worsen if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be required. However, there is some good news: many people find neck pain relief with the help of physical therapy.
Common Neck Pain Symptoms You May Be Experiencing
Neck pain typically runs from the base of a person’s skull to the top of their shoulder blades and settles in the back of the neck.
The pain can vary in severity, from a constant dull ache to sharp and stabbing pains.
Neck pain Relief can sometimes include these additional symptoms:
- Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long
- Numbness or tingling in the upper extremities
- Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain and discomfort
- Weakness in your arms or shoulders
- Stiffness and muscle tightness in the upper body
Reasons Why Your Neck May Hurt?
Injuries to tissues and bone are the most common reason for neck pain, however, certain degenerative conditions can also lead to neck pain.
Some common conditions that can give you pain in your neck include:
Muscle Strains – Even something as simple as sitting at your desk all day with your neck craned toward the computer screen can cause your neck muscles to become strained by overuse.
Injuries – 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.
Compressed Nerves – If you have a herniated disc in your neck, or a 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 down to the hands and fingers — a condition known as “radiculopathy.”
Degenerative Joint Conditions – Conditions such as osteoarthritis can reduce the cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck, also resulting in neck pain. Like any other joint in your body, the neck joints can deteriorate with age, causing pain.
Illnesses – Certain diseases and ailments can result in neck pain, such as rheumatoid cancer, arthritis, cervical spondylosis, spinal stenosis, and meningitis.
How Can A Physical Therapist Help Neck Pain?
One of the most effective treatments for neck pain is physical therapy. Our physical therapists at Scona Sports & Physiotherapy will conduct a thorough physical examination to determine your neck’s range of motion and any limitations you may be experiencing as a result of your pain. This will help them decide which treatments are best for their specific recovery plan. You will collaborate on the goals and expectations of each step of your personalized treatment plan, with the ultimate goal of eliminating your neck pain as quickly as possible.
Specific exercises will be prescribed by our physical therapists to help you strengthen, build, and improve the muscles and tissues in your neck. Our therapist may use manual or hands-on therapy, which consists of specific techniques aimed at reducing stiffness and increasing the range of motion in your neck.