There are simple home interventions that you can do in order to treat neck pain. Most often, though, it is a tremendous amount of help to visit a physical therapist that treats these abnormalities and can show you how to properly stretch and strengthen your neck and vertebrae. Not only can this alleviate your pain, but it can also improve your posture and prevent further neck pain from recurring.
Upon your first physical therapy visit your therapist will complete an evaluation of your discomfort. The therapist will examine your neck and evaluate how well you can move your neck. She may ask you about your symptoms such as:
- Pain in your neck
- Pain in your shoulder blades
- Pain that radiates down your arm to your hand or fingers
- Numbness or tingling in your shoulder or arm
The exam will also check your strength, reflexes as well as other potential sources of pain.
Goal = Restore Normal Functions
There are several kinds of treatments that your physical therapist can provide to relieve stiffness, strengthen and restore normal functioning of your neck. Some treatments can be prescribed prior to exercise. These may include traction, stretching, soft tissue mobilization (massage) or ultrasound.
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