Neck (Cervical and Thoracic)
Neck pain is pain felt in the back of the neck – the upper spine area, just below the head. When certain nerves are affected, the pain can extend beyond the back of the neck to areas such as the upper back, shoulder, and arm. It is estimated that neck pain affects approximately 30% of the US population each year. People with neck pain can have difficulty performing activities such as working, driving, playing sports, or simply turning their heads. The type and location of your symptoms depend on the tissue or structure that is affected, and the severity of the injury. Neck pain caused by irritated nerves may extend into the upper back, shoulder blades, shoulders, arms, or hands. This condition is called “radiculopathy.” People with neck pain may experience stiffness in the neck and may describe the pain they feel as sharp, stabbing, achy, throbbing, or tingling. Recent research has shown that physical therapy is a better treatment than surgery or pain medication (such as opioid medication) for relieving many cases of neck pain. Physical therapy treatments often can help people avoid the need for surgery or medication altogether. Our team will work with you to design a specific treatment program that will speed your recovery, including exercises and treatments that you can do at home. We will ensure the fastest return to your normal lifestyle and activities.
Common Neck Pathologies We Treat:
- Cervical Herniated/Bulging Discs
- Cervical Strain
- Parascapular Pain
- Cervicogenic Headaches
- Cervical Osteoarthritis/Degenerative Disc Disease Intermittent/Chronic Neck Pain