BayStatePT_Finding Relief from Neck Pain


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Did you know that over two-thirds of the United States population will experience neck pain at least once in their life? Neck pain can be both scary and debilitating. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the inability to freely turn your head can become overwhelmingly stressful. Neck pain can range from mild to severe, and there are several conditions that can cause it. For example, injury, muscle strain, poor posture, 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 or migraines to develop as a result of neck pain. Because the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible when seeking treatment solutions for your pain. There are a variety ofphysical therapymethodsused to treatneckpain,andatBayStatePhysical Therapy, our dedicated physical therapists are highly qualified to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. If you are living with neck pain and you’re looking for relief, don’t hesitate to give us a call today. What’s causing my neck pain? A common cause for neck pain is injury. This can be caused by a sporting event, work-related injury, car accident, or overuse injury. When this occurs, your physical therapist will help you relieve your injury while simultaneously improvingyour rangeofmotionandoverall function.Attemptinganyexercises INSIDE : • Is Your Neck Pain Caused by Sleep Issues? • Contact Bay State Physical Therapy FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN STAY A NECK AHEAD OF CHRONIC PAIN!

• Patient Success Spotlight • Relieve Pain In Minutes

on your own may worsen the pain, but your physical therapist will provide you with gentle, targeted exercises that will work toward your recovery. If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any obvious injury, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When living with degenerative disc disease, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of progressive degenerative changes to the cartilage and bony structures along the bones that make up your spinal column. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore proper mechanics and reduce compression on the structures in your neck that cause pain and stiffness. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can also develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of spinal stenosis, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing the nerves that exit the neck to become irritated and painful. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and cover a wider area of the neck. Radiculopathy, or an irritation in the nerves of the neck, can also be a result of neck pain. Radiculopathy alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day in both your neck and upper extremities. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort.




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 neckpainbyassessingyoursleepingconditionsandmakinganychanges that you think may be necessary. Adjust howmany 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. IS YOUR NECK PAIN CAUSED BY SLEEP ISSUES?

It can sometimes be difficult to determine exactly what is causing your neck pain. Because of this, it is important to never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one issue or another, and instead always consult witha licensedandexperiencedphysical therapist todetermine theprecise cause of your pain and discomfort. At Bay State PhysicalTherapy, our advanced methods and treatments can help you find relief from your neck pain as quickly as possible, so you can get back to living your life comfortably. Neck pain doesn’t have to limit your life – take the first steps toward recovery today by scheduling your appointment. For more support in finding relief from acute or chronic neck pain, consult with one of our caring and professional physical therapists today.

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

Loosens A Tight Neck

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.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Holly Petersen, PT, DPT

Holly graduated from Nazareth College inRochester,NewYorkwith her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. After graduation her career in the outpatient orthopedic setting grew rapidly as she worked as a staff physical therapist and a center manager. When she was ready for achange inpace,asher familywas growing,shetransitionedtoworking part time as a physical therapist at Bay State Physical Therapy in Kingston. After three years, Holly pursued the opportunity to join the Bay State Physical Therapy Corporate Team. She began as the Assistant Compliance Officer and has recently been promoted to the Director of Operational Excellence and Compliance. Holly leadsanactive lifestylewhich washeavily influencebyherparent’s encouraging attitudes towards an activeandhealthy lifestyle.Theytoo ledactive lifestylesasdemonstrated by their combined 22 years of Pan- Mass Challenge (PMC) riding. In January of this year when the opportunity to be a part of the Bay State Physical Therapy PMC riding team presented itself, Holly was one of the first to volunteer to complete the 192-mile bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown in support of Dana Farber’s cancer

research efforts. This year is the 40th anniversary of the PMC and the second year of Bay State Physical Therapy’s Sponsorship as the Official Physical Therapy Provider. The inaugural Bay State Physical Therapy team, comprised ofHollyand threeotheremployees, completedtheridethefirstweekend in August. The team and other PMC riders were supported by more than 20 Bay State Physical Therapy employees spanning from registration and water stops to the finishes at Babson and Provincetown.

Donna has been coming to Bay State North Dartmouth for about 3 weeks initially for vertigo like symptoms with neck stiffness and discomfort. With a combination of postural activities, stretching and soft tissue mobilization, Donna has seen significant results. Her neck has been feeling much better and is cracking less which is helping her tolerance at work and daily activity. She also found addressing her neck issues has helped with her vertigo and balance issues. Donna is grateful to the staff at Bay State for getting her back on track!

Healthy Recipe Mushroom & Spinach Crepes

• 12 oz sliced mixed mushrooms • ⅔ cup thinly sliced shallots • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary • ¼ tsp salt • 5 oz baby spinach • ½ cup seltzer water • 6 tbsp crumbled goat cheese

INGREDIENTS • ½ cup whole-wheat flour • ¼ tsp salt • 3 large eggs • ½ cup low-fat milk • 2 tsp canola oil or melted butter • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

DIRECTIONS Process whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, eggs, milk and oil (or butter) in a blender or food processor until smooth. Transfer toabowl,coverand refrigerate forat least30minutesorovernight.Heatoil ina largenonstickskilletovermedium heat. Add mushrooms, shallots, rosemary and salt and cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are soft and have released their liquid, about 6 minutes. Stir in spinach a handful at a time and cook until wilted, about 4 minutes. Slowly whisk seltzer into the batter. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Ladle ⅓ cup batter into the center of the pan; immediately tilt and rotate the pan to spread evenly over the bottom. Cook about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Lift the edge, then quickly grasp the crepe with your fingers and flip. Cook about 20 seconds. Slide onto a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, spraying the pan as needed and stacking crepes as you go. Spread a generous ⅓ cup of the mushroom filling in the center, leaving a 1- to 2-inch border. Top with 1 tablespoon goat cheese. Fold in the sides to make a square shape, leaving a “window” in the center. Repeat with the remaining crepes and filling. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.

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