Back & Neck Pain
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Treatments are based upon the findings of a thorough evaluation of the joints, muscles, ligaments and other structures that can be sources of pain and dysfunction. Treatments are directed towards alleviating pain, regaining range of motion and improving strength. Treatments may include pain-relieving modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, plus the use of deep myofascial release or massage to address any chronic soft tissue restrictions and injuries.
Regimes also include joint mobilization and other manual techniques to restore pain-free mobility. As the pain subsides we will direct you through an individual program of stretching and strengthening for involved and core muscles returning you to your recreation activities and activities of daily living with improved body mechanics and protection from re-injury.
Physical Therapy can help acute and chronic neck and back pain resulting from a variety of diagnoses.
Types of conditions include, but are not limited to:
- Neck and lumbar sprains and strains
- Degenerative disk and joint disease of the spine
- Bulging or slipped disks
- Myofascial pain of the back or neck
- Chronic headaches
- TMJ dysfunction
Ideal Candidates for Physical Therapy:
In order for Physical Therapy to be truly effective, the patient must be willing to take responsibility for getting better. This includes regularly attending scheduled appointments to learn postures, techniques, and exercises to be employed as part of a “home program” to address the neck or back pain. While “passive modalities,” including massage or various electrical or thermal agents, may be used initially in conjunction with therapeutic exercise and postural training, it is “active” things like postural and body mechanics awareness and commitment to the exercise program that are responsible for the most significant and lasting decreases in pain. An ideal candidate for Physical Therapy is someone who says, “I want to learn what I can do to get rid of this pain once and for all, or at least to know how to control or prevent it.” This is in contrast to a less ideal candidate who comes to Physical Therapy looking for something external to be applied that will “fix” the problem.
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