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Neck pain is felt in the back of the neck around the upper spine area beneath the head. If nerves are affected, pain may radiate into the upper back, shoulder and arm. This condition is known as radiculopathy. Appro...
Neck pain is felt in the back of the neck around the upper spine area beneath the head. If nerves are affected, pain may radiate into the upper back, shoulder and arm. This condition is known as radiculopathy. Approximately 30% of the US Population are affected by neck pain each year. This may be due to sudden trauma, sports injury, car accidents, or long term problems in the spine. Risk factors for developing neck pain include: poor posture, obesity, smoking, repetitive lifting, office/computer work, and athletic activity.
The majority of neck pain respond well to physical therapy and do not require surgery. Your physical therapist can design a treatment program specifically geared toward your impairments to help normalize movements and reduce pain.
Neck pain may feel:
Neck pain can: reduce your ability to turn and bend your neck, cause muscle spasms, produce tingling in the neck/shoulder/arm, weakness in the arms, and headaches.
Physical Therapists will work with you to reduce your pain through hands on techniques to help reduce tissue tension and mobilize your upper spine.
They will also provide you with exercises to help improve your:
Your physical therapist will also provide you with an at home regimen to complete on your own in between and after therapy. Most importantly, they will help return you to your normal activities.
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