Neck pain can present in a variety of manners. It is often localized to the neck, however, it can also cause pain that radiates into the shoulders and even throughout the arm and hand. Additionally, pain can radiate upwards, creating headaches. The neck is built for movement and having neck pain that limits movement can be very troublesome for completing your daily activities. A wide range of conditions can generate pain in and around the neck. These disorders include but are not limited to osteoarthritis, spondylosis, spinal stenosis, rheumatism, bulging or ruptured discs, whiplash, and myofascial pain syndrome. Pain can range from mild to severe, and last for short durations (acute) or in up to 37% of cases, can become long lasting (chronic.)
Appropriate evaluation by our Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) is key in guiding the treatment and management of neck pain. DPTs at Greensboro Physical Therapy have a variety of tools and techniques that can be effective in the recovery process. This may include postural education and work-place ergonomics, dry-needle trigger point therapy, manual spinal and self-mobilizations, neural tissue mobilization, strengthening, and stretching, just to name few. No two necks are the same and treatment should be individualized based on the findings your physical therapist determines to be important. Speak with us if you have been experiencing neck pain or would like to learn some ways to keep your neck healthy and mobile!