It’s common to experience some form of neck pain in your life. Usually, it happens when you’ve slept on your neck in an awkward position or have been sitting or walking with poor posture. So, when your neck begins to feel sore, your first instinct is probably not to run to the doctor.
However, neck pain can be the symptom of a more serious condition, and chronic neck pain that is left untreated can lead to the development of permanent disability.
Learning how to identify the symptoms of severe neck pain that require medical attention may be the first step that gets you on track to reducing your pain and improving your quality of life. Of course, if you’re unsure about how serious your neck pain is, it’s always a safe option to visit your health care provider for an opinion.
How do you know when your neck pain needs medical treatment?
The following are symptoms that accompany neck pain that require medical assistance:
- Pain is extreme and lasts for more than a few days
- Pain spreads through one or both of your shoulders and arms
- Pain causes headaches
- Pain causes numbness and tingling in the neck, shoulders or arms
If you’re experiencing pain and tightness in the neck along with any of the above symptoms, you should seek assistance from your healthcare provider or a physical therapist.
Physical therapists, like those at Arrow Physical Therapy, can identify the cause of your neck pain and develop a personalized treatment plan. The main goal of physical therapy is to build the strength and flexibility of muscles and ligaments involved in supporting your neck and spine.
At Arrow Physical Therapy, each patient’s treatment is individualized according to the nature of the pain, its severity and other patient factors like age. Your treatment is likely to include some of the following:
- Exercising and stretching
- Cooling and heating
- Posture education and more
Would you like to speak with a physical therapist at Arrow Physical Therapy to discover how we may assist you with your neck pain? Contact us today to schedule your appointment and begin your road to recovery.