For Cervicalgia, on your first day of physical therapy, you will undergo an examination of your cervical spine to determine the source of your neck pain, neck strength, and range of motion. This examination will enable your physical therapist to design a treatment program specific to you and your recovery. The goal of physical therapy for Cervicalgia will be to reduce your pain/stiffness, improve motion and strength, and develop strategies to prevent recurrence of symptoms.
Treatment of neck pain related to Cervicalgia typically includes:
- Applying moist heat to the neck for about 10 minutes to relax your muscles and provide some pain relief.
- Range of Motion- This will help regain full motion at the neck in all directions. Some stretches for increasing range of motion include upper trapezius stretch, levator scapulae stretch, chin tucks, or a corner pec stretch.
- Strengthening- It is common to have weaknesses in cervical musculature that is contributing to neck pain. Some exercises your physical therapist might include for strength are scapular squeezes, isometric flexion/extension,and isometric rotation and side bending.
- Manual Therapy- Physical therapists employ manual techniques as a way to gently relax muscles and improve motion.
- Ice and E-stim – A cold pack (or heat again, if you prefer) with electrical stimulation to relieve post-exercise soreness.
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
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