AgeWell: Neck Pain and Stress

W O R K I N G O N N E C K PA I N T O R E L I E V E H E A D A C H E S

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the secondmost common form of pain experienced byAmericans,with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upperneck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball).With fatigue, poorposture, injuries, disc problems,

arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. Byfinding the root cause ofyourneck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need formedication and getyou back to the activitiesyou enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at AgeWell Physical Therapycan eliminateyourneck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details! Call AgeWell Physical Therapy at 516.488.8808 to schedule an appointment and help relieve your neck pain and headaches. admission into the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at The NewYork Institute of Technology, where she will begin her coursework in the summer of 2020. Laura most enjoys the “family” atmosphere at AgeWell/ LiveWell and that she is exposed to and forms connections with real patients working towards improving their quality of life. Laura states: “I love how friendly, caring and kind everyone is. It’s really great to work with people who care so deeply for their patients.” Laura has an extremely busy schedule, but when she has some free time she most enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family skiing, hiking and kayaking at the family’s country home in NewHampshire. AgeWell / LiveWell recognizes the value Laura brings to the office and feels lucky to have staff like Laura as part of their therapy team.

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AgeWell / Livewell would like to highlight a very important member of the therapy team. Laura Streiber from Floral Park is a therapy tech and administrative assistant. Her position exposes her to the many functions of an outpatient therapy office. Laura is also a full time undergraduate student studying Exercise Science at Adephi University. Laura has earned early

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