There are many reasons neck pain can occur. Neck pain typically starts at the base of the skull and ends at the top of the shoulder blades and could settle in the back. It can be anything from a dull, constant ache to sharp, stabbing pains. Additional symptoms can include:
- Upper body stiffness and muscle tightness
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain and discomfort when you stay in the same place for too long
- Sleep loss due to discomfort and pain
- Weakness in the arm
- Inability to stand or sit straight
What Causes Neck Pain?
Most commonly, neck pain is caused by injuries to the tissues and bone structures of the neck. However, there are other causes. The following conditions can cause pain in the neck:
Injuries. Whiplash, which results in neck pain and is most commonly caused by an automobile collision or high-impact sports collision, is the most common injury. This is called a “strain injury” and causes the head to whip back-and forth, causing damage to the soft tissues at the back of your neck.
Muscle strain. Overuse can cause strain to your neck muscles. Overuse can cause strain even if you are just sitting at your computer all day, with your neck pointing toward the screen.
Nerve compression. The nerves that run from your spinal cord may become compressed if there is a herniated disk in your neck. Radiculopathy is a term that describes nerve pain that can extend down from the neck to the fingers and hands.
Illnesses. Neck pain can be caused by certain diseases or ailments, including rheumatoid, meningitis, and cancer.
Joint degeneration. As with any other joint in the body, your neck joints can become brittle over time, which can lead to pain. Osteoarthritis, which can lead to neck pain, can also cause cartilage loss between the vertebrae of the neck.
How Physical Therapy Can Help in North Haven
Physical therapy is the best treatment for neck pain. Our physical therapists will perform an initial evaluation to determine the range of motion and limitations in your neck. The diagnosis will be used to determine the treatment plan. Together, you will discuss the goals and expectations for each step of your individual treatment plan. The main focus is on relieving neck pain and getting back to work as soon as possible.
Manual or “hands-on” therapy is the most common treatment for neck pain. This involves special techniques that reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion. You will also be provided with targeted exercises by our physical therapists that will strengthen, develop, and improve your neck’s tissues and muscles. To help your neck muscles recover, we will work to improve your posture and prevent future injuries. Our physical therapist may also recommend additional treatments such as ice and heat, ultrasound, or electric stimulation.
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“I came to barbell physical therapy with a quad injury as well as some nagging shoulder pain that I had spent years trying to get rid of with no luck. Unlike other physical therapists, Ryan didn’t just tell me to stop lifting. He understood how I wanted to train to provide me with rehab as well as general training advice and modifications that allowed me to get the most out of my training. Going in to physical therapy I was able to perform about 20-30% of the exercises that I wanted to as everything else caused too much pain or discomfort. After working with Ryan I am able to do anything I want in the gym pain free for the first time in years. I could not recommend Barbell Physical Therapy enough to any lifters struggling with injuries.”
“I went to see Ryan at Barbell Physical Therapy after I suffered a back injury. I work as a firefighter full time and knew that I wanted to get back to being able to work and not worry about if I would hurt my back again lifting tools or patients. The fact that Ryan focused on preparing me for not just lifting in the safest way possible but strengthening my back so that I could be in a poor position and still remain safe was very important for me. The fact that he helped me modify my lifting program to help me improve my strength at the same time as trying to get back to work was also a great help.”