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Neck Pain Specialist

Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center

Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation located in Greenbelt, MD & Olney, MD

You’re not alone if you experience neck pain after spending most of your day with your head bent over a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Though not always a serious medical issue, neck pain affects your quality of life. At Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center in Greenbelt, Olney, Bowie, Riverdale, Glen Burnie, Laurel, and Silver Spring, Maryland, the skilled team of physical therapists offers many treatments to ease neck pain. Call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today. Same-day and next-day appointments are available.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Neck pain is a common pain complaint. The pain may start in your neck and radiate into your head, down your back, or into your shoulders. The pain may be dull or severe and affect your ability to move your head.

What causes neck pain?

You can develop neck pain from poor posture, an acute injury, or degenerative changes that affect your cervical spine as you get older. Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Whiplash
  • Arthritis
  • Herniated disc
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Degenerative disc disease

Your cervical spine is the most flexible part of your spine, supporting the weight and movement of your head. This part of your spine also protects your spinal cord and serves as an exit point for your spinal nerves.

Many of the conditions that cause neck pain irritate or compress the spinal cord or spinal nerves, which are the ultimate cause of the discomfort. 

Who needs physical therapy for neck pain?

Physical therapy is one of the primary treatments for neck pain. If you have neck pain from an injury or an underlying condition, the team at Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center can help.

They conduct comprehensive evaluations, assessing your range of motion, muscle strength and balance, and posture. They also review your medical history and ask detailed questions about your daily routine. 

Your work habits may contribute to your neck pain. 

Your physical therapist talks to you about their findings after your evaluation and then develops your functional goals and treatment plan. 

What are the physical therapy treatments for neck pain?

The Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center team customizes neck pain care based on the underlying cause of your pain, the severity of symptoms, and lifestyle. Treatment might include:

  • Posture therapy
  • Ergonomic therapy ― improving your work environment
  • Heat or ice therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Manual stretching
  • Myofascial release
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Dry needling
  • Pressure point release
  • Cervical traction
  • Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)

The team regularly assesses your progress and adjusts your goals and treatment as needed. They also spend time teaching you techniques to improve neck health and prevent future problems.

Neck pain is common, but not a pain condition you should ignore. To get help for neck pain, schedule an appointment at the Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center by calling the office closest to you or booking an appointment online today.