There are many different causes of neck pain. Sleeping strangely, bad posture, a fall, or a motor vehicle accident can lead to neck stiffness, soreness, and pain and physical therapy can be used in these cases to reduce such stiffness and pain.
The pain in your neck can be felt throughout that region including the side of neck, the top of the neck, and just above the shoulder blades. A physical therapist will help locate the source of your pain and its cause and then create an individualized treatment plan for you so that your neck pain is reduced without any further injury.
If you feel pain radiating down your arms due to chronic neck pain, see a doctor immediately as this can be a sign of nerve damage.
The severity of neck and shoulder pain varies. Sometimes when you experience severe neck pain, it can go away after just a few days. If your pain continues, see a doctor and he may prescribe physical therapy to help with this medical condition.
Physical Therapy works in several ways to relieve neck pain and treat the injury.
What To Expect in Physical Therapy?
You can expect several different types of treatments while in physical therapy for neck pain like:
Your physical therapist will most likely analyze your posture to determine if your posture is contributing to your neck pain. If so, a physical therapist will provide recommendations and exercises that help you to gain the correct posture.
If your physical therapist assess that muscle tightness is a major cause of your neck pain, they may implement massage techniques to loosen up these muscles and relieve pain.
Exercise and Stretching
Exercise and stretching will most likely be the main sources of your physical therapy treatment. When combined, exercise and stretching can simultaneously strengthen your neck muscles while making them looser and more flexible. The end result is a neck that is able to endure daily activity better due to its strength and loose muscle that don't cause stiffness and soreness.
At Cross Bay Physical Therapy, located in Howard Beach, Queens and just minutes away from Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, our physical therapists are determined to help you heal from neck pain. Call (718) 835-0084 and schedule an appointment for physical therapy today!