Neck problems are almost as common as back problems. Neck discomfort can affect work, driving and sleeping. Shoulder problems, aching or numbness in the arm, TMJ dysfunction and headaches can also be secondary effects of neck problems.
Goals of Physical Therapy
- Get your symptoms under control using natural means.
- Restore you to your former activities of work and play.
- Teach you how to stay healthy and prevent relapses.
Neck Conditions We Commonly Treat
Degenerative Disc Disease
Similar to the lumbar spine, vertebrae in the neck are separated by intervertebral discs that degenerate with age or trauma. Degenerative discs in the neck can cause symptoms in the shoulders and upper back and in severe cases can cause aching in the arms and hands.
Facet Joint Dysfunction
Facet joints stabilize the vertebrae in the neck, they can become tight or uncomfortable following injury or from poor posture. Mobilizing the facet joints can restore flexibility and eliminate discomfort during normal activities such as driving, sleeping or working.
Whiplash is an injury that occurs as a result of a fall or a car accident. Sudden, uncontrolled movement in the neck causes injury to several areas all at once. Typical whiplash symptoms are aching, muscle spasm and stiffness in the neck. Sometimes whiplash symptoms appear hours or days after the original injury. Whiplash can be persistent and may take months to fully resolve.
Many headaches occur because of tension in the neck muscles caused by poor posture or injury. Resolving these issues in the neck can alleviate headaches or make them less frequent or less severe. Dry needling is a particularly effective way to manage headache symptoms and triggers.