Neck Pain

Neck pain doesn’t have to stop you in your tracks. Physical Therapy can be the answer you are looking for today!

Your neck is an integral area of everyday movement, and sharp pains can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. Whether your neck pain presents difficulty when trying to sit up straight in your chair at work or tilting your head down to tie your shoes, physical therapy can help get you back to a normal, pain-free function.

Neck pain can be very debilitating and painful. It can produce pain that extends from your neck down to your shoulders, and can even cause pain associated with headaches. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. Neck pain can get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, can even lead to surgery.

Our physical therapy clinic in Cary, NC is ready to help you. We want to help you with whatever is causing your neck pain. Make an appointment with The PT Network as soon as possible!

What is causing your neck pain?

Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Some of the most common causes of back pain that The PT Network physical therapists regularly address and treat at our Cary, NC clinic are:

Sleeping, sitting or standing postural faults can create muscular overuse and strain, joint compression and ligament changes, increased stress related physiological response, inflammation, and patterned postural dysfunction. It is important to identify restrictions in the neck and shoulder complex that can be caused by injury, overuse, dysfunctional movement and even breathing patterns.
Muscle strain can be caused as something as simple as prolonged and repetitive abnormal posturing in your car, or your couch or at your workstation. Often times neck pain begins as result of trauma from a motor vehicle accident or other high velocity injury (like in high impact athletics) that causes a “whiplash” type injury affecting the muscles in front, back or sides of your neck.
Disc herniation – can be caused by compression of the discs at the spine causing disc degeneration and bulging. Oftentimes disc bulging can impact the nerves that exit off the spinal cord and less frequently the spinal cord itself. This can lead to pain, tingling and numbness, and in severe cases muscle weakness in the extremities. Disc degeneration – Wear and tear can occur in the intervertebral disc as a result of compressive forces, and inflammatory changes and conditions that lead to loss of normally cushiony discs and can lead to other conditions such as disc herniation. Spinal Stenosis – Narrowing of the spinal column that puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves

Physical therapy is one of the best approaches for treating neck pain. At The PT Network, our physical therapists will conduct an initial physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion in your neck, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain.

When you come to our Cary, NC clinic, a physical therapist will bring you through a full evaluation to assess your condition. In order to get to the root cause of your back pain your therapist will look at your past medical history, what movements elicit pain, your range of motion and overall mobility, core function and ability to create stabilization with a series of tests that consider functional ability.

A treatment plan will be designed for you specific to your goals. Whether that means getting back to your optimal ability to perform and compete in your athletic endeavors, or simply being able to lift things without pain, or enjoy every day activities as part of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Our therapists will use a variety of manual techniques and tools to help release restrictions and provide relief of symptoms quickly.

While addressing your pain as soon as possible we also develop a plan for strengthening core muscles and other supporting muscles to prevent further injury.

We’ll also show you how to assess and make ergonomic changes to protect your neck whether sleeping, driving, or sitting at a computer.

Schedule An Appointment today to start getting neck pain relief as soon as possible.

Act Today. We look forward to helping you get back on your feet!