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FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN
Stay A Neck Ahead Of Chronic Pain!
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FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN Stay A Neck Ahead Of Chronic 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 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 incredibletorealizehowcommonneckpain is—especiallyamongAmerican adults!More than two-thirdsofU.S.adultswilldevelopneckpainat leastonce 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. • If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury thatcomes tomind, then itmaybearesultofdegenerative 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 resultofstressandstrain. Physical therapycanhelpalleviate thepain from degenerativediscdiseasebyhelpingrestorebloodcirculationand 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. Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain:
• 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 thishappens,yourpaincouldbearesultofamusclestrainorsprain. 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, mechanicalneckpaincanspread,causing thepain tobecomemoresevere 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 intheneck,causingyouto feelmorepainthroughouttheday.Physical therapycanhelpreduce thepressureand irritationsurrounding thenerves, 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 thatyou insteadalwaysworkwitha licensedandexperienced physical therapist todetermine theprecisecauseofyourpainanddiscomfort.
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I S YOUR NECK PA I N 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, contact your physical therapist at VERT Fitness & Physical Therapy to schedule a consultation!
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“I was very happy with the facility, my therapist and my results! The facility was well-kept and everyone was friendly and professional. I was comfortable during the treatments and felt better after each session! The print-out of exercises designed especially for my issue was key! Also the ice pack was great for my ride back to the office!” - Patty T.
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HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?
Andrew Choi, MPT, DPT,Partner, specializes in analyzing and correcting form and alignment with functional and sports activities. His athletic background (which includes martial arts, snow sports, and tennis) allows him to have a better understanding of how to specifically diagnose and correct faulty movement patterns. Chris Dahl, DPT, OCS, enjoys treating patients across all age groups and during the fall sports season, collaborates with the athletic training staff at local high schools to provide PT consultation for the student athletes. His treatments focus on optimizing patient movement and maximizing function via targeted manual therapy and functional exercise prescription. Marc Hara , MPT, has developed an excellent reputation among his colleagues over thepastnineyears, aswellasreferringmedical practitioners,asadedicated and successful clinician who consistently sees excellent rehabilitation results for his patients.
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Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.
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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN
Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.
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