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Neck Pain

A joint or muscle problem causes most neck pain, and physical therapy for neck pain can be just the right solution to help ease pain and discomfort.

Physical therapy for neck pain

People who experience neck pain can have difficulty performing everyday activities such as working, driving, playing sports, or even simply turning their heads. Early referral to physical therapy can help your neck pain be treated effectively.

Causes of neck pain

Neck pain is common and may be linked to trauma, ongoing spine disorders, or postural positions. If you’re experiencing neck pain, you may have pain in the neck, head, shoulders, or arms; numbness and tingling in the arms; neck tightness; and muscle spasms.

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Neck pain symptoms

Patients suffering from neck pain may experience the following symptoms:

  • Stiff neck
  • Muscle tightness or muscle spasms
  • Headaches
  • Decreased ability to move the head
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How we treat neck pain

Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and create a customized physical therapy program to address your unique neck pain.

Treatment for neck pain may include:

Neck pain diagnoses physical therapy can treat

Multiple issues can cause neck pain. Here are a few of the most common:

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What to expect

Your first physical therapy appointment is about creating a personalized treatment plan based on your health history, diagnosis, and goals. Here’s what you can expect at your first physical therapy appointment:

Your first appointment will last about an hour. Please arrive 15 minutes early.

If applicable, bring your physician referral or prescription, insurance card, paperwork, ID, and co-payment.

At your appointment, we’ll do an initial evaluation and discuss your care plan.

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