Neck pain can be debilitating, interfering with daily and work function. Seeking early physical therapy treatment may help to prevent worsening of symptoms or further injury.
Neck pain can occur with movement or specific postures. Neck pain may be felt closer to the base of the skull or along any point of the neck. For some patients, pain, numbness, or tingling can be felt down one or both arms. Weakness in the arms can also be felt. Furthermore, neck pain be felt throughout the upper shoulders as well.
There are numerous reasons as to why you may be experiencing neck pain. Posture is a common reason for neck pain, as most of our activities of daily living are in front of us requiring us to be flexed forward. Unfortunately, that means our head also tends to move forward with us. Other causes of neck pain include whiplash, disc bulges, disc herniations, or muscle strains.
Your physical therapist will first take a history of your symptoms, including questions to understand your pain pattern, history of symptoms, how your symptoms affect your function throughout the day, and your therapy goals. Next, your therapist will perform a thorough examination of your neck mobility, strength, muscle flexibility, and ability to perform functional activities. Performing a comprehensive evaluation will help the therapist to understand the cause of the symptoms and how to treat it.
Treatment and Exercises
After careful examination, your physical therapist will create a personalized program to create a program aimed to reach your goals after your total knee replacement. The program will involve manual therapy and exercises to safely improve the flexibility and mobility of your neck improve strength of the surrounding muscles, reduce pain, and teach you ways to manage the symptoms so you can get back to doing what you love.
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