Neck Pain and Injuries

Neck pain is often caused by muscle strain or tension. Overuse, such as sitting in an awkward position for too long or overdoing an exercise can be contributing causes of neck strains. Sleeping in an awkward position can sometimes lead to strain as well.

Car accidents and falls contribute their fair share of neck injuries and are often the cause underlying the condition called whiplash.

Neck pain can also be a result of arthritis that affects the joints of the neck or arthritis that affects the bones and cartilage of the neck.

If neck pain involves nerves you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere.

Treatment of neck sprains and strains will be dependent on the cause of the injury.

The following are very broad and general approaches to physical therapy treatment for neck pain.

Individuals can usually expect that rehabilitation of neck injuries will occur in phases. During the first phase, treatment is for pain and inflammation. After a evaluation and development of a treatment plan, you offered treatment options such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy and application of hot/cold packs.

The second, or recovery, phase of treatment targets developing your flexibility and strength to get the neck and associated body parts into their proper positions. The goal of this phase is to get you back to your usual work, sports and recreational activities. This goal is achieved through specially designed exercises.

The main goal of the third phase of treatment, the maintenance phase, is to minimize recurrence of the problem and to prevent further injury. This consists of education in proper body mechanics and a recommended fitness program designed to assist you with maintaining body mechanics and increase your endurance so as to minimize recurrence of the original symptoms.

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