Neck pain is a common problem with two-thirds of the population experiencing neck pain at some point in their lives. Most causes of neck pain aren’t serious. It may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, like leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your workbench doing hobbies at home. Wear-and-tear arthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.
The head is supported by the lower neck and upper back, and it is these areas that commonly cause neck pain. The top three joints in the neck allow for most movement of your neck and head. The lower joints in the neck and those of the upper back create a supportive structure for your head to sit on. If this support system is affected adversely, then the muscles in the area will tighten, leading to neck pain.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
To get the best treatment for your neck, it’s important to recognize and understand the symptoms. With neck pain, you may have the following symptoms:
- Stiffness and reduced range of motion in your neck
- Pain in your shoulders and arms
- Inability to touch your chin to your chest
- Numbness, tingling, tenderness, sharp piercing pain
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Lights hurt your eyes
- Weakness in your legs
In serious cases, symptoms include fever, vomiting, severe headache, and you should seek emergency treatment.
Treatment of neck pain depends on the cause. For the vast majority of people, neck pain can be treated conservatively. Common treatments include physical therapy, body mechanics training, ergonomic reform, or medication. Recommendations which may help alleviate symptoms include applying heat or cold also.
ABC Physical Therapy often provides the best treatment for neck pain, not only providing relief, but also teaching you techniques to prevent re-injury and how to avoid neck pain in the future.
Our physical therapists use several types of manipulations and exercises your physical to relieve stiffness, strengthen the area, and restore normal function of the neck. Treatments such as cold or heat application, deep tissue massage and/or electrical stimulation may also be used to give relief.
At ABC Physical Theray, a physical therapist can help you get rid of your neck pain. You can learn how to stretch and strengthen your neck, stand properly, and even do exercises that will keep the pain from coming back.