Neck Pain – Staying Ahead of Your Chronic Pain with Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for Neck Pain

Chronic Neck Pain – A Common Problem

It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is—especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.

 

Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain

If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region.

 

Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to accident or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain.

 

COVID-19 has allowed many of us to return to some of life’s more simple pleasures. These activities, which may include yardwork, gardening, or other household projects, can require lifting, twisting, bending, climbing, craning, stooping and all kinds of movements and postures that can put us at risk for experiencing the topic of this month’s newsletter, Neck Pain!

 

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