Many people experience neck pain, discomfort, or stiffness at some point in their lives, whether due to injury, poor posture, or overuse.
If you experience severe neck pain that continues for more than a week or is accompanied by other symptoms, you may require neck pain therapy for lasting relief.
At Superior Physical Therapy, we empower individuals to transform their health and quality of life through natural healing methods. Compared to traditional treatments, our neck pain therapy is safer, noninvasive, and more cost-effective.
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Neck muscle strains are often triggered by:
Sleeping with your neck in an uncomfortable position
Whiplash or sudden jerking of the neck during exercise or accidents
Overuse such as hunching over your computer for too long
Over time, your cervical discs may degenerate, causing neck joints to wear down. This is called osteoarthritis of the neck. This condition occurs when the cartilage between your bones deteriorates, resulting in discomfort and affecting joint motion.
Some neck injuries due to blunt trauma can cause a disc to slip or rupture. This is called a herniated cervical disc and can add pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord.
Certain illnesses such as cancer, meningitis, and rheumatoid arthritis can cause neck pain and swelling of the joints. Osteoporosis is another condition that weakens bones and results in small neck fractures.
The neck can be particularly prone to injury and trauma caused by activities where the muscles and ligaments in the neck are forced to extend or move beyond their normal range.
Common causes of neck injury include:
Motor vehicle accidents, especially rear-end impact collisions
Tripping and falling
Lifting heavy objects
Sports, such as football, gymnastics, hockey, and horseback riding
Whether minor or severe, neck injuries should not be left untreated. In cases where the cervical vertebrae or neck bones are fractured, the spinal cord may also be damaged. This may result in partial or complete paralysis and even loss of life.
Treatment options for neck pain depend on the diagnosis. Typically, the patient may be treated with first aid measures, be prescribed antibiotics, or in severe cases, undergo surgery. However, these traditional solutions have been found to work less than 45% of the time.
At Superior Physical Therapy, we do not recommend any neck pain medication or invasive methods. Instead of focusing on quick fixes, we explore the underlying cause of your neck pain and recommend personalized solutions that are effective, nonsurgical, and nonaddictive.
While the treatment options mentioned are fairly common, they may not always address the underlying cause. They may offer short-term relief, but if the root of the issue is not dealt with, the resulting symptoms will continue to be a problem.
At Superior Physical Therapy, we understand the human body's complexities and how pain can travel from one area to another. This is why we follow a holistic approach called the Superior Method. Developed by our own Dr. Andrew Gorecki, this strategy is designed to accurately locate the cause of the pain and deliver more effective solutions.
We offer the following treatment options:
The most important element of healing is identifying the cause. The cause is a movement disorder somewhere else in the body that is creating more stress in the injured area than the tissue can handle. A full body movement assessment is the most important aspect in finding the true cause. This involves assessing how mobile and stable the areas above and below the injured tissues are. Once the dysfunctional areas are identified the physical therapist can then prescribe home treatments to fix the problem areas.
In order to improve motion in the dysfunctional areas that are causing the increased stress on the painful injured tissues the most effect way to make a change in the body is to have a physical therapist use their hands to facilitate the proper motion while you are moving at the same time. This helps improve the path the body takes in order to reduce stress and tenson on the injured area.
The Superior Method aims to educate patients on how the body moves to ease pain and restore function safely.
With our smartphone app called Movement RX, we empower patients with the knowledge and tools needed to attain long-term physical freedom. All of the instructions provided by your physician will also be video-recorded and sent directly to your email or mobile device.
This principles-based method is designed to improve how the mind, body, and spirit work together to facilitate complete healing. All Superior Physical Therapy providers are Fellows of Applied Functional Science through the Gray Institute. This organization is led by the reputable physical therapist, Dr. Gary Gray.
Mechanical vibrations that penetrate deep into the muscle tissue enable tissue regeneration and improve the lactic cycle, which is one of the most common causes of pain. The procedure also helps boost circulation and lymphatic flow to alleviate pain.
The McKenzie Method® of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a distinguished and internationally researched method of diagnosis and treatment for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal conditions. Created by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie, this system has been used globally for over 60 years.
MDT-certified clinicians assess and treat all types of musculoskeletal disorders including complications in the spine, muscles, tendons, and extremity joints.
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