We all have woken up with a “crick” in the neck. Fortunately, the pain resolves, especially if we stretch, use moist heat or ice, exercise gently, and use anti-inflammatory medication.
But sometimes the “crick” does not resolve, leaving you to battle with muscle spasm and neck stiffness.
Additionally the neck and upper back is often the area where stress chooses to represent itself physically. This increased tension in our muscles can be further negatively affected by poor posture.
Neck pain can be caused by:
- Whiplash Syndrome
- Cervicogenic Headache
- Facet Joint Dysfunction
- Pinched Nerve (Herniated nucleus Pulposus)
- Cervical Spondylosis
- Muscle Strains
Our doctors at Atlanta Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Center can diagnose your condition. This is important as different neck conditions require different treatment. The doctors may require X-rays, CT scams, MRI’s and other tests to accurately diagnose your condition.
Various treatment strategies may be recommended, including analgesic, anti-inflammatory or muscle relaxant medication; epidural injections, facet nerve blocks and physical therapy.
Atlanta Sports Physical Therapists are highly trained in spinal diagnosis and intervention. Your medical diagnosis and the results of our continuing evaluations will help us design your treatment strategy. Treatment may include a core stabilization program (to provide internal spinal support); passive stretching techniques; use of modalities including spinal traction, ultrasound, moist heat, ice etc.
Most importantly, Atlanta Sports Physical Therapists are trained in the hands-on techniques of Manual Therapy. Intervertebral (spinal) joint mobilization techniques work to restore motion in each spinal segment to pre-injury levels. Studies support the efficacy of joint mobilization techniques in reducing the intensity of pain flare-ups and in reducing their frequency.
At Atlanta Sports Physical Therapy, we emphasize patient education. We believe that full understanding of your condition and the reasons for our intervention strategies, results in superior recovery.
We invite you to experience the powerful combination of manual therapy, core stabilization and patient education that we provide at Atlanta Sports Physical Therapy.