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Neck Pain

Neck pain is painful and stressful on your life. It can be caused by various medical conditions, each with its own unique characteristics and treatment options. Regardless of the many potential causes of neck pain, they all have one thing in common.

 

They HURT, stop us from doing the activities we LOVE, and can worsen over time leaving you debilitated without the proper treatment.

 

Don’t suffer in silence – contact us now to schedule your evaluation and start your journey to an empowered and pain-free life!

 

Continue reading below to learn more about Neck Pain and its many causes!

 

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Neck Pain

 

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What is Neck Pain?

Have you turned your head too quickly or lifted something too heavy and now have sharp pain in your neck?

Do you have pain that runs all the way down your arm?

Ever woken up from a deep sleep with a stabbing pain or unable to turn your neck?

Were you in a recent car accident and now experiencing whiplash?

Fear not, you are NOT alone.

 

According to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study, neck pain is the fourth leading cause of years lost to disability, ranking behind back pain, depression, and arthralgias.

Half of all individuals will experience a clinically important neck pain episode over the course of their lifetime. Look across the room at your spouse, children, parents, significant other, friends…one of you will experience neck pain at some point in your life.


In this article, we will delve into the different medical causes of neck pain, exploring their symptoms, diagnosis, and how Parish Physical Therapy can help to relieve these neck pain symptoms.

Medical Conditions That Cause Neck Pain

Muscle Strain or Sprain:

Muscle strains are one of the most prevalent causes of neck pain, often resulting from poor posture, overuse, or sudden movements.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, muscle stiffness, and limited range of motion.

– Treatment involves rest, gentle stretching exercises, heat or ice therapy, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

 

A Lady with Neck Pain Rubbing Neck and Shoulder
Image Showing a Cervical Spine Disc Herniation

Cervical Disc Herniation:

Cervical disc herniations occur when the cushioning discs between the vertebrae in the neck rupture or bulge, irritating nearby nerves.

– Symptoms typically include neck pain, radiating arm pain, tingling, and muscle weakness.

– Diagnosis is usually made through physical examination, imaging tests like MRI, and nerve conduction studies.

– Treatment options may include medication, physical therapy, spinal injections, and in severe cases, surgical intervention.

 

Whiplash

Whiplash is a neck injury commonly caused by sudden, forceful movements, such as during car accidents or sports collisions.

– Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and difficulty concentrating.

– Diagnosis involves a physical examination, medical history review, and sometimes imaging tests.

– Treatment includes pain management, physical therapy, exercises, and in some cases, bracing.

 

Image Demonstrating a Whiplash Neck Injury
Image of Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical spondylosis refers to degenerative changes in the spine that occur with age, affecting the discs and joints of the neck.

– Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and numbness or weakness in the arms.

– Diagnosis is usually made through physical examination, X-rays, CT scans, or MRI.

– Treatment involves pain management, physical therapy, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.

 

Cervical Radiculopathy:

Cervical radiculopathy occurs when a nerve root in the neck becomes compressed or irritated, leading to pain and other symptoms.

– Symptoms may include sharp or burning neck pain, radiating arm pain, muscle weakness, and numbness or tingling in the affected arm.

– Diagnosis involves physical examination, imaging tests, and electromyography (EMG).

– Treatment options may include medication, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and surgery in severe cases.

 

Image of a man experiencing cervical radiculopathy down the arm
Image of Degenerative Disc Disease Pinching a Nerve

Degenerative Disc Disease:

Degenerative disc disease involves the gradual deterioration of the intervertebral discs, leading to pain and discomfort.

– Symptoms may include localized pain, pain that radiates to the arms or hands, stiffness, and reduced flexibility.

– Treatment options: exercise, physical therapy, pain medications, spinal injections, or surgery for severe cases.

Osteoarthritis:

Cervical osteoarthritis, also known as neck arthritis, is a condition characterized by the degeneration of cartilage and bones in the neck joints.

– Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, and decreased range of motion.

– Diagnosis is typically made through physical examination, X-rays, or MRI.

– Treatment focuses on pain management, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and sometimes surgery.

Image of Spinal Vertebra Osteoarthritis
Image of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis:

Spinal stenosis refers to the narrowing of the spinal canal, often caused by age-related changes or conditions like arthritis.

– Symptoms may include neck pain, numbness or tingling in the arms or legs, and weakness.

– Diagnosis involves physical examination, imaging tests, and sometimes nerve function studies.

– Treatment options may include medication, physical therapy, epidural injections, and surgery in severe cases.

Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, including the neck.

– Symptoms often include fatigue, sleep disturbances, mood changes, and tender points throughout the body.

– Treatment options: a combination of medications, lifestyle modifications, physical therapy, and alternative therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

An Image of a Woman Affected by Fibromyalgia
Image of Osteoporosis of the Spine

Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by the loss of bone density, which can make the spine more prone to fractures and resulting neck pain.

– Symptoms may include height loss, stooped posture, and increased susceptibility to bone fractures.

– Treatment options:  Exercise and fall prevention strategies.

Parish Physical Therapy CAN HELP!

FIVE Reason Parish Physical Therapy is the BEST and ONLY Choice for Long Lasting Relief from Neck Pain

  1. Personalized Treatment: Provide a personalized treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. This means that you’ll receive individual attention and care, and your therapist will work with you to develop a plan that meets your unique needs.

2. Non-Invasive: Physical therapy is a non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require surgery or injections. This means that you’ll avoid the risks and side effects associated with these treatments.

  1. Cost-Effective: Treatment is covered by most insurance plans. It’s also cheaper than many other treatments, such as imaging, injections, and surgery. If you do not have insurance, Parish Physical Therapy also offers an option for cash pay for treatments.
  1. Long-Term Relief: Provides long-term relief by addressing the root cause of your pain, rather than just masking or treating the symptoms. We will EMPOWER you to recognize future recurrence of neck pain and how to treat these episodes before they get worse. This means that you’ll be less likely to experience future episodes of pain.
  1. Improved Function: Improve your overall function by increasing your strength, flexibility, and range of motion. This means that you’ll be able to perform the activities that you LOVE with more easily and with LESS pain!

One on One, Hands On, Techniques Used By Parish Physical Therapy to Help Treat Your Neck Pain

Dry Needling: A technique that uses thin needles to stimulate trigger points in your muscles, which can help relieve pain and improve function.

Cupping: A technique that uses suction cups to lift and decompress tissues, which can help improve blood flow and reduce pain.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM): A technique that uses specially designed tools to apply pressure and manipulate soft tissues, which can help reduce pain and improve range of motion.

Soft Tissue Mobilization: A hands-on technique that uses massage and other manual techniques to release tension in your muscles and soft tissues, which can help reduce pain and improve function.

Core Strengthening Exercise: A targeted exercise program that focuses on strengthening the muscles of your core, which can help improve your overall function and reduce your risk of future episodes of pain. 

Manual Stretching: A hands-on technique that uses stretching and other manual techniques to improve your flexibility and range of motion, which can help reduce pain and improve function.

Moist Hot Packs: A technique that uses moist heat to improve blood flow and reduce pain and inflammation. 

Electrical Stimulation: A technique that uses electrical impulses to stimulate your muscles, which can help reduce pain and improve function.

Kinesiotape: Often utilized in the treatment of sports injuries, such as: muscle strains, sprained ligaments, and painful joints. It may also be used to support weakened tissues in the body (ie. Tendonitis) while recovering from an injury.

What’s the Next Step?

 

Parish Physical Therapy provides thorough examinations to identify the specific underlying cause of your neck pain. With expertise and tailored physical therapy treatments, you can find relief, improve your quality of life, and take proactive steps towards your long-term health.

 

Parish Physical Therapy is comprised of movement EXPERTS who EMPOWER our patients to live their best lives through one-on-one, hands-on care. Our goal is to be able to EMPOWER as many people as possible to return to the activities they love!

 

Remember, early intervention and proper management can greatly improve your quality of life and relieve the burden of neck pain!

Don’t suffer in silence – contact us now to schedule your evaluation and start your journey to an empowered and pain-free life!

Let us EMPOWER you and help you return FAST to the activities you LOVE!

 

If you or somebody you know is suffering with Neck Pain, DON’T WAIT!  Call NOW

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Jessica & Chad Jimenez, PT, DPT

Owners of Parish Physical Therapy

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