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Finding Relief from Neck Pain Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? Patient Success Spotlight INSIDE: 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. (continued inside)





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. Finally, 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.

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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 of regular neck pain. 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 isaquickbreakdownofwhatcouldbegoingon tocauseyourneckpain: 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 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.



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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!


Mark Albrecht, PTA Mark Albrecht is a board certified licensed physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist in the state of Florida with over 20 years experience working in outpatient orthopedic environments. As a successful high-honor student at Baker College in Muskegon, Michigan, he earned a professor-chosen award for excellence in the PTA program. But to know him better, here are a few former employers’ comments about him: “Mark has numerous strengths to offer. Manually experienced as a PTA and LMT, he is adept in feelingpatient’s joint motion and soft tissue status, which gives him an

advantage when guiding patients through appropriate treatments,” said former owner of Progressive Physical Therapy, Wayne Goffin, DPT. “ Mark is always respectful, well spoken, considerate and dynamic. He is able to handle the care of any patient assigned to himwith the utmost professional concern. I have seen him motivate unmotivated patients into progress and success, and with a team approach, meet the established goals for his patients,” said Director of Physical Therapy Elba Garcia- Calderon, PT. Staying up to date within the field of physical therapy and with dedication to earn ongoing educational credits, Mark drives to the highest level of competency in the profession. Continually, Mark works

to obtain maximal functional recovery for each patient. When not at work, Mark can be heard cheering on college football and his Wolverines – Michigan University’s team. He’s also a fan of tennis, paleontology, visiting historic sites, and art galleries.


Little changes in your diet can have a big impact!

Dear Patient,

The current American diet is causing major health problems and costing the average patient quality of life and a lot of money in medical expenses. Prevention of disease is the focus of my practice. Scientists understand that proper nutrition is critical to total health. Little changes in your diet can have a big impact on your health, wellness and longevity, and improve your quality of life. Our bodies do not create all the nutrients we need. Major health organizations throughout the world recommend you should eat at least 7-13 servings of raw fruits and vegetables every day. Less than 10% of the U.S. population actually does. In a survey a few years ago, the consumption of fruits and vegetables was about 2 servings per day and that included french fries. As a doctor of physical therapy, I specialize in taking care of patients with pain and inflammation and many other health conditions (Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Cancer, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Heart disease, ADD, Asthma, Allergies, Hyperactivity, and Auto-immune Disease) which are highly affected by factors including diet and lifestyle. A higher frequency of intake of raw, dark green plants (phytonutrients) can decrease inflammation that causes stiffness and pain. Calcium from plants is highly absorbable and helps maintain good bone health.

I encourage my patients to eat 5 servings of fruits and 5 servings of vegetables per day. Most don’t, won’t, can’t afford it, or don’t have the time to prepare these foods. I take a whole food supplement to enhance my intake of fruits, vegetables, berries and grapes. This increases antioxidant status, improves the immune and cardiovascular systems, and provides essential vitamins and minerals. Our goal at First Choice Medical Group PhysicalTherapy is to address all of our patients’ health needs within the scope of our practice including what you put into your body that may either decrease or enhance inflammation and pain. For a complimentary consultation on your health and nutrition, please call and make an appointment at 321-806-9890.

Thanks for taking this important step for your overall good health!

Dr. Steve Ryland PT, DPT

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist. 2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. 3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment. Call To Talk to Your Therapist Today 321-802-5814 Has Your Pain Come Back?

RELIEVE BACK PAIN INMINUTES Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

CHIN TUCK SUPINE Lie with roll under neck. Without lifting head, tuck chin gently. Keep the large muscles in the neck relaxed.

Helps Alleviate Neck Pain


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