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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!
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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.
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