ProCare Physical Therapy Services for Neck Pain

The location of your cervical spine is in your neck. It consists of 7 bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebrae are discs and nerve roots that exit your spinal cord. Damage to the vertebrae, discs or nerve roots can lead to headaches, neck and/or arm pain, weakness or loss of sensation. When there is damage to any of these structures your muscles usually get tight and painful as well to help your body compensate for the injury. Neck pain and headaches are one of the most common reasons that people go to see their doctor and take over the counter medications.

Neck pain can be caused by many different reasons. Some of the most common reasons are:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Poor postures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Osteoporosis
  • Herniated discs
  • Cervical radiculopathy (damage or disturbance of nerve function when a nerve root near a cervical vertebrae is compressed)

Physical Therapy has been shown in many studies to decrease cervical pain and headaches, and in many cases, prevent surgery. As a physical therapist, we look at your posture, range of motion (ROM), functional limitations, muscular strength, nerve function and reflexes. Physical therapists are specially trained to perform manual therapy to your joints and muscles, give exercises as needed for improving strength and posture as well as educate about any lifestyle changes that need to be made to reduce stress and improve function.

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