Neck Pain

Neck pain can be related to a number of factors including an injury, prolonged static postures, and arthritic changes.   It can be of sudden or gradual onset and lead to neck or arm pain as well as headaches.

Following a detailed history and thorough evaluation, your physical therapist will develop goals specifically based on your findings. Theses goals will include returning you to better cervical health and pain free function. In order to best benefit you, the therapist will choose from a number of treatment options such as those listed below.

Modalities:

A variety of state-of-the-art modalities can be utilzed.  These include:

  • ultrasound/phonophoresis
  • low level laser
  • iontophoresis
  • electrical stimulation

 

Manual Therapy:

Our therapists utilize a wide variety of manual therapy techniques including massage, soft tissue mobilization, gentle traction, range of motion, manual stretching, deep tissue mobilization, trigger point release, and myofacial work. These techniques are utilized to increase joint motion, reduce muscle spasm, increase flexibility, reduce scar tissue, and increase mobility.

Flexibility:

Cervical spine flexibility is critical for improving  functional performance of activities of daily living. Our protocols consist of a flexibility component to increase cervical spine range of motion.�

Strengthening:

Cervical, upper back and arm strength are key factors in preventing and treating neck pain. Appropriate strengthening techniques will be taught in order to develop stability in the region and lessen the likelihood of recurrent pain.

Postural Instruction:

Appropriate standing and sitting posture is important in avoidance of both neck and low back pain. Our physical therapists are trained to evaluate posture and recommend postural correction techniques.

Ergonomics:

Proper workstation placement is key in prevention of work related neck pain. This is especially true for patients who have sedentary jobs with significant periods of sitting before a computer. The physical therapists of Advanced Care Physical Therapy are certified in evaluation of individual work stations. They will be able to make recommendations to ensure proper ergonomics including assessment of the computer terminal as well as placement of the desk and chair. Recommendations can be made regarding use of appropriate lifting techniques and avoidance of repetitive use injuries.