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Neck Pain and Headaches

Can Physical Therapy Help My Neck Pain And Headaches?

What constitutes serious neck and head pain?

By the time people seek treatment for their neck pain and headaches, it’s not because of the occasional twinge but rather for problems that have lasted several months. Common complaints include migraines and tension headaches, not being able to turn one’s head fully, general neck soreness, stabbing pain localized to one spot on the neck, or symptoms that radiate as far down as the fingertips.

In some cases, the causes of your headaches or neck pain may be obvious — if you’ve recently been in a car accident or suffered a sports injury, for example. However, problems can develop through poor posture or from having to perform the same action repeatedly.  Prolonged positioning at computer stations, assembly areas or in sitting can contribute to postural dysfunction

What are the consequences of not getting help?

Patients who seek treatment for their neck-centered issues are often surprised to learn that some other problems they’ve been experiencing might be related. Even when you think you can “live with” the inability to turn your neck fully, other problems can accumulate.

If you have chronic migraines or frequent bouts of tension headaches, a pinched nerve in your neck may be the culprit rather than your diet or your busy schedule. In addition, you may find that the problems you’ve been having with your shoulder, arm or between your shoulder blades   often spring from compressed nerves in your cervical spine.

Untreated neck pain can even lead to issues you might never expect, such as balance problems or trouble gripping objects. That’s because each of the nerve roots located in your cervical spine are connected to other parts of your body, from your biceps to each of your fingers.

 

How can neck pain and headaches be treated?

Once we’ve pinpointed the main cause of your neck pain and stiffness, we’ll develop a treatment plan with you. In your sessions, we will promote exercises that build strength and flexibility. We will also instruct you in ergonomic and postural changes to help better position yourself to avoid relapses during your daily life.

 

Call us today so we can help you quickly resolve the debilitating neck pain you’re feeling now – and learn how to prevent it in the future.