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Physical therapy for neck pain

What is neck pain?

As more and more people spend their days hunched over computers or looking down at smartphones, neck pain is becoming an increasingly common complaint. Fortunately, this ubiquitous symptom can typically be corrected with simple lifestyle and postural changes, and it rarely indicates that something is seriously amiss.

In some cases, however, neck pain can be the first sign of a more serious problem. Pain that’s severe, spreads down into the rest of the body, or is accompanied by numbness or tingling tends to be a cause for alarm — it’s recommended that patients see a doctor if they experience this.

More commonly, though, neck pain occurs because the head is heavy — too heavy to be held at unnatural angles for extended periods of time. Prevention tends to be the best treatment option for chronic neck pain; patients who already have chronic neck pain may need physical therapy in order to create healthy habits that will eliminate it once and for all.

Source: MayoClinic

Neck pain symptoms

The single most common symptom of neck pain is chronic discomfort in the neck, which tends to get worse after holding the head in one position for an extended period of time — such as when working at a computer. Some patients may experience muscle tightness in the neck or even occasional spasming.

In addition, it’s not entirely uncommon to experience a decreased range of neck motion or an inability to move the head in certain directions. Some patients may also develop headaches as the result of their neck pain, though this tends to be a sign of a more serious condition.

The most common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Pain that increases when straining the neck
  • Muscle tightness
  • Spasms
  • Decreased range of neck motion

Source: MayoClinic

What causes neck pain?

Effectively addressing neck pain tends to hinge on determining its underlying cause. While it’s often the result of posture — usually due to working at a desk for long periods of time — it can also be caused by an injury or underlying condition. In general, the causes of neck pain can be classified into three groups: muscle strain, traumatic event, or underlying condition.

Muscle strain can occur as the result of working at a desk, sleeping in an odd position, or jerking the neck during exercise. Traumatic events can include falls, car accidents, or heart attack. Underlying conditions that cause neck pain include meningitis, arthritis, osteoporosis, and spinal stenosis.

The most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strain
  • Falls
  • Car accidents
  • Heart attack
  • Arthritis

Source: Healthline

Physical therapy for neck pain

Home remedies can sometimes be sufficient to address chronic neck pain; however, when attempts to correct the problem without professional help don’t succeed, it’s wise to seek the assistance of a licensed physical therapist.

In most cases, physical therapy for neck pain will involve a two-fold approach: habit modifications and stretching. A physical therapist can help the patient improve their posture and change their work and living environment to offer the neck greater support. In addition, he or she can recommend safe and effective stretches to improve flexibility and mobility.

Source: Move Forward PT

Luna’s physical therapists treat
neck pain

Luna’s physical therapists specialize in treating neck pain. With effective lifestyle modifications plus a tailored exercise and stretching plan, neck pain can be a thing of your past, once and for all.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for neck pain wherever it’s most convenient — at home, at the gym, or even at work. Our physical therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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