Your neck is an integral area of everyday movement, and pain can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. Especially if the pain goes from your neck down to your shoulders.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. It can worsen if left untreated, and surgery may be needed in severe cases.
Many people can find relief from their neck pain through the help of physical therapy. Our physical therapists at F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic can provide suitable neck pain treatment for you to easily return to your everyday routine.
Treatment for Neck Pain
Physical therapy is one of the best methods for treating neck pain. At F.R.O.M. Toronto Pain Relief Clinic, we devise a personalized and easy-to-follow process for the best long-term results.
Step 1: Initial Examination
Our physiotherapists or chiropractors will listen to your concerns and then perform a physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion of your neck and any limitations you have due to your pain.
Step 2: Diagnosis
The diagnosis determines the makeup of your neck pain treatment plan. We will work together to understand the goals and expectations of your plan to make a full recovery.
Step 3: Proper Techniques and Exercises
Your physiotherapist or chiropractor will perform special techniques designed to resolve the pain and restore the mobility and function of your neck.
This includes :
- Targeted exercises that will strengthen, build, and improve the muscles and tissues in your neck
- Improve full-body posture to aid neck muscle recovery and prevent re-injury.
Additional treatment services may include ice and heat therapy, laser therapy, shockwave therapy and traction, depending on your case.
What Causes Neck Pain?
Nerve Compression. If you have a herniated disc in your neck or narrowing of the foramen (space where the nerves exit the spine), the nerves that branch out from your spinal cord can become compressed and irritated. In some cases, nerve pain can even extend from the neck all the way down to the hands and fingers – a condition often referred to as “radiculopathy.”
Illnesses. Certain diseases and ailments can result in neck pain, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, or cancer.
Joint Degeneration. Like any other joint, the neck joints can erode with age, causing pain. Conditions such as osteoarthritis can also reduce the cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck, also resulting in neck pain.
Muscle Strains. The muscles in your neck can become strained by overuse. Even something as simple as sitting at your desk all day with your neck craned toward the computer screen can strain your neck muscles. Part of the recovery process is to focus on improving your posture.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, TMJ disorders can cause pain in the neck. The TMJ is a soft cartilage wedge that is located between the bones of the joint. It helps your joints move smoothly. When the joint is not functioning properly, it can lead to pain in your neck and headaches.
Yes, you certainly can. Our chiropractors must obtain informed consent and explain any risks to you before your treatment begins. If you do not want a particular treatment, just tell your chiropractor and they will offer you alternatives of care.
Sleep is essential for your health and well-being. Poor sleep quality can cause neck pain. According to Harvard Health Publishing, a study has found that people who have sleep problems are more likely to develop chronic musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pain includes neck muscles to feel sore and painful.
The pain from your tooth or jaw caused by wisdom teeth can reach other parts of your body when it is left untreated. It can reach your ears, the rest of your head, and neck.