Choosing the right type of neck pain treatment is important, especially since there are so many treatment options available. If you are searching through the many neck pain treatment options available, you should consider a few things before you move forward with your decision. While living with neck pain is difficult, choosing a treatment option that slows your life down even more than it already has been is not the right answer.
Here are a few things to consider when reviewing your neck pain treatment options:
- For how long has your neck pain occurred? If you’ve only been suffering from minor neck pain for a couple of days, at-home remedies should help relieve your symptoms.
- Have you tried physical therapy or other nonsurgical treatments to relieve your pain?
- Have you exhausted all nonsurgical options before you consider surgery?
For many people, nonsurgical treatment options such as physical therapy help reduce chronic neck pain. In fact, physical therapy is one of the commonly recommended conservative treatment options for neck and back pain compared to surgical options. If you’re suffering from chronic neck pain and you’re searching for a treatment option to help you get back to the life you enjoy, consult your doctor about physical therapy as a neck pain treatment option for you.
Why is physical therapy often considered a good solution for neck pain treatment?
For many people, physical therapy is considered a good option for neck pain treatment. Physical therapy targets the muscles around the neck to help support the spine and also to relieve pressure on the spine.
Neck pain is often caused by one of two things (although other possibilities are available): muscle inflammation or a spine condition. In either of those two scenarios, a nerve in or near the neck can become pinched, which is what causes the common symptoms associated with neck pain, such as:
- Numbness or tingling
- Burning sensation
- Symptoms in the neck, shoulder, head or sometimes hand/fingers
Physical therapy aims to reduce the inflammation in the muscles and relieve the pressure on the spine through a series of targeted stretches and exercises. These treatment plans aim to not only reduce the neck pain you are currently experiencing, but also to protect your spine and muscles from developing similar conditions in the future.
If you are researching your options for neck pain treatment, we encourage you to contact our team at Arrow Physical Therapy in New Jersey. We have offices in Woodbridge, Edison and Union, and we are here to walk you through exactly what you can expect from a physical therapy treatment plan and tell you about other patients with chronic neck pain whom we’ve helped. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.