Village: Relieving Neck Pain

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“Are You Going To Let Pain Control Your Life?” FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN

Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain.

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• Neck and back pain • Headache • Shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand pain • Hip, knee & ankle pain

• Total joint replacement • Overuse injury • Chronic pain • Motor vehicle accident • Work related injury

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“Start This Season With Joy Not Pain!” FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN

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• Why Are you Suffering Neck Pain? • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

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

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 athleticism 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. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints.This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck.

of regular neck pain. MICHELE CHILDS PT/Owner

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

If you have suffered from neck pain, see one of our physical therapists at Village Physical Therapy to help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today at 719-577-4104!

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WHY ARE YOU SUFFERING NECK PAIN?

Neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! For more support in finding relief from neck pain, talk to your physical therapist.

Call us today at 719-577-4104 to schedule an appointment!

Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

INGREDIENTS • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1½ lbs boneless chicken thighs • 2 (8 oz) packages sliced mushrooms • 1 (32 oz) carton reduced-sodium

• 1½ cups thinly sliced leeks • 1½ cups ½-inch sliced celery • ¾ cup uncooked wild rice • ¾ tsp salt • 1 (12 oz) package soft, tofu • 1 cup low-fat milk (1%) • ¼ cup all-purpose flour • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

chicken broth • 2 cups water

DIRECTIONS In a 12-inch skillet heat oil over medium-high. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes or until browned, turning once. In a 6-qt. slow cooker combine chicken, mushrooms, chicken broth, water, leeks, celery, wild rice and salt. Cover and cook on low 6 hours or high 3 hours. Remove chicken from cooker. Coarsely shred chicken using two forks. If using low setting, turn to high. In a blender combine the tofu, low-fat milk, flour and thyme leaves. Cover and blend until smooth. Stir into mixture in cooker. Cover and cook 30 minutes more or until thick. Stir in shredded chicken.

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By far, was the best and most helpful for my condition! Patient Success Spotlight

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN FREE

At Village Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

Ask for Village Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

“My primary care provider, […] highly recommended I see [Michele] for ongoing lower back issues. My [doctor] had nothing but good things to say about [Michele]. Upon my arrival […], I was greeted with a warm and friendly hello with a smile.This occurred at every one of my visits. The best part of my therapy is [Michele] was very knowledgeable and explained everything she was doing and why. She would answer all my questionswithouthesitation. I followedher instructionsandsuggestions because I came to trust her […] Why? Because everything she was doing and suggested I do was improving the condition of my back. […] She always had a genuine care and concern for me[…]. I’ve been to Physical Therapy numerous times over my life, but this experience, by far, was the best and most helpful for my condition. I commend [Michele] for her professionalism across the board.” - M. Mangino

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Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

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