How can Physical Therapy help neck pain?
Thankfully, most neck pain does not have a significant, serious cause. The vast majority of patients experiencing neck pain can get relief from conservative treatments by a Physical Therapist. But, if surgery or other more intensive medical treatment is unavoidable, Physical Therapy can also be used post-op to allow quicker recovery of mobility, range-of-motion and strength.
For common neck pain, one of the first modalities we give our patients is applying a heat wrap that can be wrapped completely around the neck for the first 10 minutes. Your reflexes, strength and other possible sources of pain will be evaluated. Your Physical Therapist will also check how well your joints function and identify any limitations. Then, stretching exercises are typically implemented right away to be done in clinic and at home to relieve muscle tension. Adding strengthening exercises aids in the support of the head, neck and vertebrae to help reduce future pain and immobility. And, at Elite, our Physical Therapists are hands-on using manual therapy to provide relief at your very first appointment. We also offer Neck Traction Therapy, Interferential Current Therapy and Dry-needing for faster relief. Lastly, we typically end the visit with 10 minutes of icing while you rest.
If you have had a neck injury that has required surgery and/or prolonged bracing, your Physical Therapist can work with your physician to ease you into mobility, range-of-motion and strengthening therapy as directed. Any kind of spinal injury can be extremely painful, so our team will be mindful of your pain as they safely push you past your perceived limits to speed recovery. Our goal is to get you to Feel Better Faster.
Pain should not be a way of life. It is time to take care of yourself. To request an appointment, click here for Elite Relief, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022