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A bulging or herniation of one or more discs in the neck can cause pain when the disc presses on a nerve.
This can cause pain that radiates to the shoulders, back or arms. In most cases, the pain is resolved with physical therapy and pain management treatments.
If you have surgery to remove the damaged disc, physical therapy will guide you through your doctor’s orders to ensure safe return to your previous level of functioning.
This occurs when the vertebral canal in the neck becomes narrow. As a result, the nerves and spinal cord become compressed and pain develops.
Spinal stenosis is often the result of aging and is common in people over the age of 50. A number of treatments by a physical therapist can help improve the condition of your neck.
Cervical osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that can cause neck pain and stiffness. Sometimes confusion is created when general terms are used interchangeably to refer to cervical osteoarthritis, including cervical spondylosis, degenerative joint disease, or simply neck arthritis.
The disease is present when the articular cartilage within the facet joints has deteriorated, both due to age-related water loss and the breakdown of protein fibers. As cartilage wears away and raw bone rubs against bone, painful inflammation develops, causing bone spurs to form.
Bone spurs may compress surrounding cervical spinal nerves, resulting in pain and other symptoms. Symptoms of weakness, throbbing and tingling can spread through the shoulders, arms and hands. In some cases, inflammation of the lubricating agent of the spinal joints can cause additional inflammation and/or headaches.
Physical therapy will help to restore the proper alignment and movement resulting in decreased pain and improved mobility and posture.
Whiplash, also called neck sprain or neck strain, is injury to the neck. Whiplash is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck.
In whiplash, the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. Whiplash is caused by an abrupt backward and/or forward jerking motion of the head, often as a result of a car accident or impact to the head.
Sports injury and falls are also common reasons for neck strain. Symptoms of whiplash may be delayed for 24 hours or more after the initial trauma.
People who experience whiplash may develop pain and stiffness usually within the first few days after the injury. In the past, whiplash injuries were often treated with immobilization in a cervical collar.
However, the current trend is to encourage early movement instead of immobilization. Ice is often recommended for the first 24 hours, followed by gentle, active movement and physical therapy.
A pinched nerve occurs when there is “compression” (pressure) on a nerve. Nerve compression often occurs when the nerve is pressed between tissues such as ligament, tendon or bone. Inflammation or pressure on a nerve root exiting the spine may cause neck pain.
It may also cause pain to radiate from the neck into the shoulder and arm. This condition is called cervical radiculopathy. How long it takes for symptoms to end can vary from person to person.
Treatment varies, depending on the severity and cause of the nerve compression. Physical Therapy can help to stretch and strengthen the muscles to relieve the pressure on the nerve.
A tension headache is the most common type of headache. It is pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, and is often associated with muscle tightness in these areas.
Tension headaches occur when neck and scalp muscles become tense, or contract. The muscle contractions can be a response to poor posture, stress, depression, head injury, or anxiety.
They may occur at any age, but are most common in adults and older teens. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache.
Activities may include typing or other computer work, fine work with the hands, and looking down at your smart phone. To prevent tension headaches, learn and practice stress management.
Some people find relaxation exercises or meditation helpful. Practice good posture when reading, working, or doing other activities.
Exercise the neck and shoulders frequently when working on computers. A physical therapist will prescribe the proper exercises to relieve the tension and give training for improved posture.