Neck pain can be very debilitating, particularly if it stretches down to the shoulders. If left untreated, it can become more severe and may require surgery.
Sharp pains in the neck can make it difficult to function properly in daily life. Physical therapy can relieve neck pain. It doesn’t matter if your neck pain makes it difficult to sit straight at work or tilt your head down to tie your shoes. Physical therapy is a common way for many people to relieve their neck pain. Our physical therapy practice is committed to giving you the relief that you require. Request an appointment with Empower Physical Therapy if you have neck pain.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
There are many reasons neck pain can occur. Neck pain typically starts at the base of the skull and ends at the top of the shoulder blades. Finally, it settles in the back. It can be anything from a dull, constant ache to sharp, stabbing pains. Additional symptoms can include:
- Upper body stiffness and muscle tightness
- Tingling or numbness
- Pain and discomfort when you stay in the same place for too long
- Sleep loss due to discomfort and pain
- Weakness in the arm
- Inability to stand or sit straight
What Causes Neck Pain?
Most commonly, neck pain is caused by injuries to the tissues and bone structures of the neck. However, there are other causes. The following conditions can cause pain in the neck:
- Injuries. Whiplash, which results in neck pain and is most commonly caused by high-impact sports collisions or an automobile accidents, is the most common injury. This is called a “strain injury” and causes the head to whip back and forth, affecting the soft tissues at the back of your neck.
- Muscle strains. Overuse can cause strain to your neck muscles. Overuse can cause strain even if you are just sitting at your computer all day, with your neck pointing toward the screen.
- Nerve compression. The nerves that run from your spinal cord may become compressed if there is a herniated disk in your neck. Radiculopathy is a term that describes nerve pain that can extend down from the neck to the fingers and hands.
- Illnesses. Neck pain can be caused by certain diseases or ailments, including rheumatoid, meningitis, and cancer.
- Joint degeneration. As with any other joint in the body, your neck joints can become brittle over time, which can lead to pain. Osteoarthritis, which can lead to neck pain, can also cause cartilage loss between the vertebrae of the neck.
What Can Physical Therapy Do For My Neck Pain Issues in Lenexa and Prairie Village?
Physical therapy is the best treatment for neck pain. Our physical therapists at Empower Physical Therapy will perform an initial evaluation to determine the range of motion and limitations in your neck. The diagnosis will be used to determine the treatment plan. Together, you will discuss the goals and expectations for each step of your individual treatment plan. The main focus is on relieving neck pain and getting back to work as soon as possible.
Manual or “hands-on” therapy is the most common treatment for neck pain. This involves special techniques that reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion. You will also be provided with targeted exercises by our physical therapists that will strengthen, develop, and improve your neck’s tissues and muscles. To help your neck muscles recover, we will work to improve your posture and prevent future injuries. Our physical therapist may also recommend additional treatments such as ice and heat, ultrasound, or electric stimulation.
Do not let daily discomfort become a problem in your neck. Call Us today at our Lenexa or Prairie Village locations. Schedule your first consultation with one of our licensed physical therapy professionals! With our physical therapists, you can start your journey to long-lasting pain relief.
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Matt Timm, owner of Empower Physical Therapy has helped me with many issues over the years. His approach is very “hands on” diagnosing the underlying body mechanics issues and recommending practical exercises that have helped me regain mobility, flexibility, and control. I highly recommend Matt or any of his well-trained, personable, and highly skilled staff.
I would definitely recommend my therapist, Sara Clayton, at Empower PT. She was very thorough in her diagnosis and has been successful in reducing my back pain. After having been to other therapists that had me doing the same exercises at each visit and often had more than one patient at a time, it has been refreshing to experience the difference at Empower. They only work with one patient at a time. At each visit, Sara has taught me new techniques to ease the pain and keep it from returning. Sara answers all my questions and makes sure I understand the how and why of each movement. Sara and everyone else in the office is friendly and professional.