Neck pain/ Degenerative Disc Disease/ Degenerative Joint Disease/Arthritis


Neck pain/ Degenerative Disc Disease/ Degenerative Joint Disease/Arthritis

Do you have any symptoms in your arm?  If the neck motions were painful, physical therapy can utilize specific treatment to reduce and possibly eliminate the neck pain.  If you have arm symptoms, PT intervention can also help reduce or eliminate your arm symptoms.  If you have neck pain and none of your neck motions cause pain, the source of your problem may be coming from the upper back or shoulder.  Some of the muscles in the neck have attachments in the upper back and shoulder blade.  The muscles that are attached in your upper back and shoulder girdle and go up into your neck can be causing your neck pain.  Muscles that are tight can limit mobility and lead to increased sensitivity of other regions.        
Our treatment approach focuses on addressing the source of the pain or dysfunction.  The treatment of neck pain may include the neck, shoulder, and upper back regions.  The treatment plan will address the joint mobility, flexibility of the muscles, and the strength and endurance of the neck, shoulder girdle, and upper back regions.  In addition, the treatment plan may include joint mobilization/manipulation, massage or soft tissue mobilization, hands on stretching, dry needling, postural education and exercises to address mobility, strength, and endurance issues.