Neck pain can range from a minor niggle or ache to incapacitating agony and anywhere in between. The experienced team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy in Farmingdale and Great Neck, New York, has considerable experience assessing and treating neck pain using physical therapy to optimize the healing process and strengthen tissues. If you have neck pain, take action before it gets any worse by calling the office today, or book an appointment online.
There are many reasons why you might develop neck pain at some point, such as:
Degeneration is a common cause of neck pain. The joints in your neck, called the cervical vertebrae, gradually wear down as you age, causing osteoarthritis.
If you have osteoporosis, the bones become brittle and break easily. Painful bone spurs often form as a consequence of bone degeneration.
You may also develop a herniated disc, where the soft, jelly-like interior of the discs that cushion the vertebrae bulges out from a tear in the disc’s tough outer coating, pressing on nerves in the spinal canal.
Certain diseases, such as meningitis and cancer, can also cause neck pain, or you could strain the soft tissues in your neck. Anything that puts a strain on your neck muscles could cause pain, like using your smartphone or spending hours playing computer games.
Physical therapists are musculoskeletal experts who can help you improve your neck’s strength, mobility, flexibility, and range of motion, thereby reducing pain.
Your physical therapist begins by performing a thorough evaluation of your condition. They may also suggest imaging studies like X-rays or an MRI scan to help them see the internal structures of your neck in more detail.
After your evaluation and viewing the diagnostic images, your therapist creates a personalized treatment plan for you, which may include:
Your physical therapist may suggest making ergonomic changes if the way you work is causing neck pain. For example, if your job requires you to sit at a computer, perform repetitive tasks, drive for long periods, or do anything that may make your neck pain worse, making adjustments to your desk and chair, or adapting your routine can help prevent further injury.
When you have pain in your neck, call the friendly team at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.