According to Duke University School of Medicine researchers, neck pain
is a very common complaint impacting 30 to 50 percent of adults in any
given year. Chronic neck pain is not a specific disease but a symptom
that may occur as a result of a variety of different processes. Even with
a thorough medical examination, the exact cause of neck pain is rarely revealed.
Neck pain could be the result of overuse or muscle strain, arthritis, nerve
compression, or injury to our bones (spine) and/or the structures that
support the spine, which include muscles, ligaments and disc, or some
combination of these factors.
Fortunately, there are things we can do to help prevent this sort of problem.
- Exercise to strengthen neck and back muscles.
- Maintain proper posture.
- Avoid long periods of time in the same position (i.e. driving, computer
If you are currently suffering from neck pain, there are there are treatments
available. Studies at Duke University have shown that physical therapy
directed exercise is effective at reducing chronic neck pain. Under the
guidance of a physical therapist patients can learn specific exercises
to improve motion, strength muscles, improve posture and learn how to
move and perform daily activities in a safe way.
Are you suffering from neck pain? You may be a candidate for physical therapy
treatment, which may help reduce your pain. Contact the Center for Rehabilitation
at 828/326-2131 for more information.