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Neck pain treatment in Swansboro, NC

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be a symptom of a serious disorder of the cervicogenic vertebrae. Our necks are tasked with the important job of keeping our heads supported and upright, so pain in that part of the body should not be ignored. The Swansboro, North Carolina office of Peak Performance can help you understand your neck pain treatment options through physical therapy.

What causes neck pain?

There are many different causes of neck pain. Because of this, it is vital the physical therapist diagnose the root cause of your neck pain so that he or she can create an effective treatment plan for you. The most common causes of neck pain include:

  • Arthritis As we age, the protective discs that cushion vertebrae can wear away, which can cause the bones to rub against each other and cause pain. In addition to the stiffness and reduced range of motion, bone spurs can grow into the space, which can pinch the spinal nerve and result in nerve pain.
  • Herniated disc If the protective discs between cervicogenic vertebrae tear or rupture, the jelly-like fluid can leak out from the harder exterior and place pressure on the spinal nerve. This can cause a shooting or radiating pain out from the neck and down the extremities.
  • Whiplash While most often associated with getting rear ended in an auto collision, whiplash can occur whenever the head is violently rocked forward and then back. A fall or violent blow to the head and neck can also cause whiplash. The inflammation of the neck muscles causes stiffness and reduced motion.
  • Poor Posture Sitting in front of a desk for hours straight can wreak havoc on the natural alignment of our spine. The forward head position of this slouched over position places a great deal of strain on the muscles of the neck eventually pulling the vertebrae forward and out of alignment.

Physical therapy treatments for neck pain

There are several effective treatments for neck pain that can help reduce pain, inflammation and increase range of motion and function. Massage therapy and myofascial release can help release tension in the muscles, for example. Strength training can build up muscles in the neck to help provide support and joint mobilization manual therapy can improve your range of motion.

If you are in the Swansboro, North Carolina area and experience chronic neck pain, contact Peak Performance physical therapy to schedule your initial appointment and discuss your treatment options.