Different forms of muscle strain can result in pain in the neck, shoulders and cause headaches. People dealing with neck pain can find it to be debilitating and is a common reason people visit our physical therapy clinic. If you are missing out on work or having to change your daily activities because of neck pain, it may be time to visit our office.
Pain Edu: Intro To Neck Pain
Are you experiencing pain or problems in your neck? Click on this video to learn more about neck pain and steps you can take to decrease your pain.
The solution to your neck depends on the source of your pain and type of injury you may have sustained. The first step is to consult with your doctor and discuss their recommendations for treating the pain in your back. Your doctor may recommend restrictions on specific activities, medication and/or physical therapy. You can try the following steps now to help alleviate your pain.
It is important when you are experiencing neck pain to limit your activity and rest so that your back can heal.
Apply cold packs to your neck to help decrease your pain and inflammation in the joints and muscles. To prevent damage to skin and surrounding tissue, cold packs should only be applied in 15 minute intervals.
If you don’t have increased pain with movement, stretching the neck and shoulder muscles can be the first step in helping to loosen up your neck and decrease the pain.
Physical therapy consists of hands-on treatment to loosen muscles and joints, education on proper posture and movement to decrease pain, instruction on stretching and strengthening exercises to restore mobility and strength, and modalities such as electrical stimulation, cold/heat and ultrasound.
Exercises for neck pain
Following are exercises that you can try to help decrease your neck pain. Please consult your physician before trying these, and stop if you experience any pain or discomfort.
Foam Roller Stretch
Frame The Door Stretch
Waiter Tips Stretch
Chin Tucks Stretch
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