Arlington: Relieving Neck Pain

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SEEK PHYSICAL THERAPY FIRST The Opioid Crisis

WHY OPIOID OVERUSE MATTERS. Both opioid prescription rates and deaths from opioid overdoses have quadrupled in the last two decades. Given these identical statistics, one can’t escape the obvious conclusion: Reliance on painkillers has gotten out of hand, and the consequences can be literally fatal. Beyond extreme physical risk, over-reliance on prescription painkillers can have other detrimental effects on your health. Withdrawal symptoms can be harrowing. And while you’re still using them, opioids can lead to depression, which sets up a vicious cycle of self-medicating in order to feel better emotionally as well as physically. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN COUNTER THE PROBLEM. It’s important to get real about the reason people seek prescription painkillers in the first place -- the pain. These patients are not to be condemned for seeking relief for injuries, arthritis and other degenerative conditions, or for post-surgical discomfort. At the same time, however, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that medications like Percocet,  Vicodin, Opana and OxyContin are extremely addictive.

Physical therapy, on the other hand, is so effective because it provides a multi-pronged attack to pain relief. The physical therapist at Arlington Physical Therapy are experts in manual techniques, exercise instruction, and trigger point dry needling. We identify the source of your pain and use our tools and expertise to help get you back to your life!

INSIDE • Relieving Neck Pain

• Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“Don’t Let Pain Ruin An Evening Out!” RELIEVING NECK PAIN

FREE NECK PAIN CONSULT

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 turnyourhead isoverwhelminglystressful.What’smore, thepain 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. 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 causesignificantpain in theneckandupperback. Ifyouaren’tcareful,aneck injurycan lead tochronicpain,and it isevenpossible forchronicheadaches 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. To THANK YOU for choosing our physical therapy practice for your pain relief! Limited to the first 25 patients to call. SCHEDULE YOUR FREE CONSULT BY CALLING 901-317-7054 TODAY! EXPIRES 09-28-18

Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: Ifyourpain isdevelopinggraduallyover timeand isnot theresultofany particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disk 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 andstrain. Physical therapy can help alleviate thepain from degenerative disk 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 thecase, thenusingtraditionalmethods likehotandcold 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 furtherpain. At Arlington PhysicalTherapy, we can assist you with proper treatment and exercises for a pain-free and active life!

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WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF YOUR NECK 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. 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.

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If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Arlington PhysicalTherapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! Why You Need To Come in For Another Checkup: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times. Stretches Neck Muscles www.simpleset.net

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“These guys rock! Matt and his staff have helped me recover mentally, as well as physically, from an injury that happened over 6 months ago. Very professional and a Christian atmosphere. Definitely a “two thumbs up” to Arlington Physical Therapy!” - Vance H.

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CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING

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Dryneedling isa techniquephysical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research

By law, patients have the right to see a physical therapist without a physician referral. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat muscle and joint pain and stiffness. We are trained to develope a successful plan to decrease your pain and improve your function naturally while saving patients time and money. We will refer to a physician when needed. If you would like to schedule an evaluation with one of our physical therapists please call our office at 901-317-7054. You are the most important member of your own health care team, and you are entitled to choose the most appropriate health care professional to meet you goals.

supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain.

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