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Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Relief

Neck pain, whether from a traumatic event such as a motor vehicle crash or of a non-traumatic nature, is a leading cause of worldwide disability. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain with cervical spondylosis affecting more than 85 percent of people over the age of 60.

Common causes of neck pain include: muscle strains, worn joints, nerve compression, injuries or certain diseases.
Many studies have examined whether or not physical therapy can help reduce spine-related pain, such as in the lower back or neck. Current medical literature suggests moderate to strong evidence supporting the benefits of physical therapy’s role in reducing neck pain and improving range of motion.
Antinflammatories and physical therapy are usually the first nonsurgical treatment that your doctor will recommend and in most cases that will help you to get rid of pain. Specific exercises can help relieve pain, as well as strengthen and stretch weakened or strained muscles. In addition to exercise, manual techniques will also help to relieve pain, improve flexibility and mechanics. Other strategies used in physical therapy to reduce neck pain are postural education and use of physical agents like heat or cold.

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