JohnstonPT: Relieving Neck Pain

NEWSLETTER THE HEALTH & FITNESS

2019

It is incredible to realizehowcommonneckpain is—especiallyamongAmericanadults! More than two-thirdsofU.S.adultswilldevelopneckpainat leastonce in their life,and the reasons for theneckpain areas variedas thepopulation of thenation 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. 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 thinner 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 athletics 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 the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment STAY A NECK AHEAD OF CHRONIC PAIN! INSIDE: • Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Staff Spotlight • You Do Not Need A Referral For An Appointment Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain:

Whether you have hurt your neck or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at one of our clinics can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 515-270-0303 today!

candoa lotofgood toalleviate thepain.However,attempting thewrongexercises 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,neckpain issometimescausedby radiculopathy,which refers topressure 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 address theactualsourceofyourneckpain toavoidmakingyoursymptomsworse. If you or someone you know is struggling with neck pain give us a call. Let us see how we can help!

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