Neck pain can be a serious problem and can limit your ability to do normal tasks. It can also cause loss of range of motion in the neck, which can lead to severe pain in your shoulders, arms, and hands.
Anatomy of the neckThe cervical spine, which is made up of seven discs called the cervical vertebra, supports our neck muscles. The intervertebral disks are a jelly-like, sponge material between each disc. The vertebrae are stacked on top of each other and each vertebra has two joints towards its back that connect it with the vertebra below. The cervical vertebrae provide the required range of motion for the neck and protect it.
Neck pain: CausesNeck pain can result from many factors. Sometimes, poor posture or sitting posture can cause neck pain. A slanted neck can cause pain and lead to problems with the cervical vertebrae. Another factor is a sudden injury (such as an accident or sports injury),wear and tear due to arthritis or osteoporosis, etc.
What you can expect from physical therapyYour doctor may refer you to a physical therapist if you have neck pain. The physical therapist will assess your problem thoroughly and create a treatment plan that focuses on it.
- You can increase your range of motion by moving your neck around in multiple directions.
- Enhance the strength of your neck and shoulders
- You should check if you feel any tenderness in your palpation
- For better neck health, check the poster on your neck.
- Your functional ability may be increased by a physical therapist so that you can move as much as possible.