Neck Pain Relief Colorado Springs, CO

Neck Pain Relief

Lisa B

I started therapy for neck and back pain. I am now almost pain free, and I am able to do my normal daily routine without pain. I would recommend TFPT for any PT needs.

GREG W.

I tore a muscle in my calf a month ago. I was in considerable pain and couldn’t walk more than a few feet. After going here twice a week, my calf is stronger than before the accident because they gave me strengthening exercises.

Arthur E.

As I write this at the conclusion of my therapy of nine sessions I have no pain and my neck feels "free" or "loose'  rather than "bound up" or "tight".  My therapist did an excellent job of applying the right treatment at the right time to achieve these good results!

Are You Ready to Find Relief for Those Pains in Your Neck?

How Physical Therapy Can Successfully Relieve Neck Pain

Your neck is an integral area of everyday movement, and pain can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day life. Whether your neck pain makes it difficult when trying to sit up straight in your chair at work, turning your head while driving or waking up in the morning, or tilting your head down to tie your shoes, physical therapy can help give you relief. Neck pain can be very limiting in your daily routine activities, 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 get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be needed.

Many people can find relief from their neck pain every year through the help of physical therapy. Our physical therapists provide you with the neck pain relief you need.

PT treatments for neck pain

Physical therapy is one of the best methods for treating neck pain. At Total Function Physical Therapy PC, our physical therapists conduct an initial examination including carefully listening to your concerns, and then performing a physical evaluation to analyze the range of motion of your neck, as well as any limitations you have due to your pain. They will then create a diagnosis that will determine the make-up of your treatment plan. You will work together to understand the goals and expectations of your plan of care, with the focus being to overcome neck pain and recover as quickly as possible.

Treatments for your neck pain will most likely include manual or “hands-on” therapy, which consists of special techniques designed to resolve the pain and restore the mobility and function of your neck. Our physical therapists will also provide you with targeted exercises that will strengthen, build, and improve the muscles and tissues in your neck. We will focus on improving your whole-body posture to aid in the recovery of your neck muscles, as well as avoiding re-injury in the future. Additional treatment services may include ice and heat therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation and traction used adjunctively as your physical therapist deems fit.

What is causing my neck pain?

Neck pain is most commonly caused by an injury to the tissues or bone structures in the neck; however, certain degenerative conditions can also lead to neck pain. Some common conditions that give you a pain in your neck include:

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

Much like any other joint in your body, 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 lead to a strain in your neck muscles.

Injuries 

Whiplash, typically sustained by an automobile or high-impact sports collision, is one of the most common injuries that result in neck pain. This is also known as a “sprain/strain” injury, causing the head to whip rapidly back-and-forth, thus affecting the soft tissues in the neck.

Understanding neck pain

There are several reasons why neck pain may occur. When you experience neck pain, it typically can run from the base of your skull to the top of your shoulder blades, finally settling in the back of the neck. The pain may vary in severity, from a constant dull ache to sharp and stabbing pains. Neck pain can sometimes include additional symptoms, including but not limited to:

  • Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long
  • Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight
  • Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort
  • Stiffness and muscle tightness in the upper body
  • Headaches
  • Numbness or tingling into the upper extremities
  • Arm weakness

Relieve those pains in your neck today!

Do not let your neck pain cause any more discomfort. Contact Total Function Physical Therapy PC to speak with one of our licensed physical therapists today and schedule your appointment!