Neck Pain Relief
Get Fast and Effective Neck Pain Relief with Physical Therapy
Life Doesn’t Have to be a Pain in the Neck!
Neck pain, especially if the pain spreads from your neck down to your shoulders, may cause debilitating and extremely unpleasant sensations. Approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). If left untreated, it may get worse and surgery might even be required in extreme cases.
Your neck is an important part of everyday movement, and in your daily life, sharp pains will keep you from working properly. Physical therapy will help give you relief if your neck pain is painful when trying to sit straight in your chair at work or tilting your head down to tie your shoes. With the help of physical therapy, many people will find relief from their neck pain every year. Our physical therapy practice in San Jose, CA, is committed to providing you with the neck pain relief you need.
Understanding neck pain:
There are a number of explanations to why you may be suffering from neck pain. Usually, when you feel neck pain, it will extend from the base of your skull to the top of your shoulder blades, ultimately settling at the back of your neck. From a persistent dull ache to sharp and piercing pains, the pain can vary in severity. Often, neck pain may include extra symptoms, including but not limited to:
- Stiffness and muscle tightness in the upper body
- Numbness or tingling into the upper extremities
- Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long
- Arm weakness
- Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort
- Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
Common conditions causing neck pain:
Neck pain is most often caused by damage to the neck tissues or bone structures; certain degenerative diseases, however, can also lead to neck pain. Some common conditions in your neck that cause you pain include:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that results in neck pain, usually sustained by an automobile or high-impact sports accident. This is known as a “strain” fracture, causing the head to whip back and forth instantly, thereby impacting the back of the neck’s soft tissues.
Certain diseases and illnesses, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, or cancer, can result in neck pain.
- Nerve compression
The nerves that branch out from your spinal cord may become compressed if you have a herniated disc in your neck or a narrowing of the foramen (the space where the nerves leave the spine). In certain cases, nerve pain can also spread to the hands and fingers from the neck all the way down, a condition known as “radiculopathy.”
- Muscle strains
Due to overuse, the muscles in your neck can become strained. Even something as easy as sitting with your neck craned against the computer screen at your desk all day can lead to a strain in the muscles of your neck.
- Joint degeneration
The neck joints will erode with age, causing pain, just like every other joint in your body. The cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck can also be weakened by conditions such as osteoarthritis, also resulting in neck pain.
Get started on your neck pain relief today:
One of the best approaches for the management of neck pain is physical therapy. Our physical therapists perform an initial physical examination at Pace Physical Therapy to analyze the range of motion in your neck, as well as any restrictions that you have due to your pain. They will then develop a diagnosis that will decide the care of your treatment plan. You will work together to understand the goals and objectives of each phase of recovery, with the primary focus being overcoming and healing from neck pain and recovering as soon as possible.
Manual or ‘hands-on’ therapy, which consists of special exercises designed to minimize the stiffness of your neck and increase its range of motion, will most likely provide therapies for your neck pain. Our physical therapists in San Jose, CA will also give you tailored exercises that will strengthen, develop, and enhance the muscles and tissues in your neck. To assist in the healing of your neck muscles, we will concentrate on strengthening your posture, as well as preventing re-injury in the future. Additional rehabilitation services can include, as our physical therapist considers fit, ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.Don’t let any more discomfort be caused by your neck pain. To talk to one of our certified San Jose, CA physical therapists today and schedule your appointment, contact Pace Physical Therapy! We are going to help you get started on the journey to long-lasting pain relief.