Johns Creek: Relieving Neck Pain

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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body “What Is That Pain In Your Neck?” RELIEVING NECK PAIN

Neck pain can be caused by many different sources and takes an expert in muscle, joints, and bones to know how your neck should be moving and why it is not. Many people with neck pain suffer from one of the following: DEGENERATIVE DISC DISEASE T bones of your neck. The normal aging process involves changes within the discs which dries them out. Repeated stresses and strains weaken the connective tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, it loses some of its ability to absorb shock and shrinks in size. This causes rubbing and changes in the joints and bones of your neck which can be painful. The good news is that therapy can help free up stiff and painful neck joints as well as increase muscle strength around the neck to provide greater support, thus decreasing pain. MUSCLE STRAIN People with minor neck pain or stiffness often believe they have amuscle strain; however, unless therewas a severe injury to the neck, themuscles probably haven’t been pulled or injured. Instead, the problem may be coming from irritation or injury in other spine tissues, such as the disc or ligaments. When this happens, the neckmuscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. johnscreekpt.com

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MECHANICAL NECK PAIN Mechanical pain usually starts fromdegenerative changes in the neck joints. As the disc starts to collapse, the space between the vertebrae narrows, and the joints may become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in the neck. However, it may spread from the neck into the upper back or to the outside of the shoulder in some cases. RADICULOPATHY Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals. The pressure or irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in themuscles, or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in the spine muscles can cause abnormal pressure on the nerves and increased chance of radiculopathy. Johns Creek is an ideal choice to help people suffering from a variety of neck pain problems.

From chronic neck pain, to complicated post- surgery rehabilitation, we focus on increasing your natural mobility and strength. Our treatments are designed to help ease pain and to improve mobility, strength, posture, and function. We can teach you how to control your symptoms and protect your neck in the years ahead.

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Exercise To Relieve Neck Pain LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward and to the side until a stretch is felt. Repeat 5 times.

I am able to move with little to no pain! “When I arrived at Johns Creek Physical Therapy I was in critical pain and could not move my neck. In three visits, I am 95% better and able to move with little to no pain. Mark and his team did an excellent job helping me to recover. Everyone at Johns Creek PT is very caring and helpful. I will definitely be back if I have further issues and am happy to recommend to others.” - Melissa H.

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Th e L i gh t Fo r c e Therapy Laser from LiteCure Medical is the most advanced pain relief technology available to the public. Laser Therapy works by flooding the tissues with photons, e n e r g i z i n g t h e

using Laser Therapy to treat a host of conditions i n c l u d i n g

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surgery), frozen shoulder, Achilles t e n d o n i t i s , plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow, neck pain, muscle strains, low back pain, and even migraines. Most of our patients are absolutely stunned when their pain is either cut in half or eliminated on the first visit! We are the first Physical Therapy practice in the area to invest in Laser Therapy technology. In the four months we’ve had the Laser, I am constantly amazed at what it does for our patients. If you are reading this article and you are experiencing any type of pain and you want pain relief fast, I would invite you to come in and try Laser Therapy. I’m confident it will help you!

damaged cells and increasing circulation to the painful area. This produces a cascade of healing responses in your body, reducing inflammation, thereby reducing or even eliminating your pain. As a Physical Therapist, I am constantly looking for ways I can help my patients. In my 18 years of being in Physical Therapy, I have never seen anything that produces results like Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy is FDA cleared to treat pain, inflammation, arthritis, and muscle spasms. We are

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