The Neck

The neck, or cervical spine, is composed of vertebrae that begin in the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. These vertebrae and the supporting ligaments and muscles provide stability to the spine. Because the neck is less protected than the rest of the spine, it is more vulnerable to injury and disorders that cause pain and restrict motion.

What Causes Neck Pain?

Most neck pain can be attributed to overuse injuries, accidents, and diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time. Others need medical diagnosis and treatment to relieve their symptoms.

You are most at risk for neck pain if you:

  • Have had a past neck injury
  • Have overuse injuries which trigger muscle strains (e.g. individuals in sedentary jobs with poor posture)
  • Suffer from osteoarthritis of the neck joints
  • Are diagnosed with whiplash due to an auto accident
  • Have nerve compression disorders

Common Neck Conditions

Our Physical Therapists will develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your neck pain and restore mobility. The most common neck injuries that are effectively treated with physical therapy are:

  • Abnormalities in the Bones or Joints
  • Trauma
  • Poor Posture
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Inflammatory Diseases (e.g. Spinal Stenosis/Arthritis)
  • Muscle Strains

Treatment Options

Our team of Physical Therapists treats patients using evidence-based treatment techniques that speed recovery time while reducing the risk of recurrence of knee pain:

  • Manual therapy to decrease pain, increase range of motion, and improve function
  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen neck and shoulder muscles that will decrease stress to the neck and improve postural control
  • Functional exercises that are tailored to your activity level
  • Self-management education to reduce chance of recurrence

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