Health Blog

The 8 Most Common Questions About Neck Pain

Neck Pain

The talented athletes who performed in the 2016 Rio Olympics inspired followers across the globe. Their bodies seem to be made of steel and immune to pain. In fact, viewers across the globe are mirroring some of the strategies undertaken by Olympic athletes in an effort to keep their own bodies free of pain. One of the best examples is Michael Phelps’ use of the ancient Chinese practice of “Cupping” to ease soreness and relieve neck and back pain. After Phelps earned another slew of medals in Rio, Kim Kardashian and other celebrities turned to cupping in an effort to relieve their own neck pain.

In spite of the growing popularity of cupping, it is not a scientifically proven means of alleviating neck pain. In fact, failure to properly treat neck pain may lead to the development of other health complications and difficulty performing daily activities. Below are the most common questions people have about neck pain along with an exciting and innovative treatment for neck pain that can help you regain your top form.

Q) What does neck pain feel like?

A) There is not one “all-around” feeling that exists with neck pain. Just as there are different types of headaches, there are different types of neck pain. Below are the most common sensations that people feel when they experience neck pain:

  • Stabbing pain in a particular area of the neck
  • A feeling of stiffness that makes it difficult to turn your head
  • General soreness that is not isolated to one area of the neck
  • Sharp pain that travels from the neck to the arms, head or another area of the body

Q) What is causing my neck pain?

A) Neck pain can stem from a variety of causes. In fact, people who are just watching The Olympics are just as apt to suffer neck pain as Olympic performers – especially if the viewers are hunched over a monitor while watching. While there is no single culprit behind neck pain, most episodes of neck pain can be traced to poor posture or a traumatic injury. Below are some of the most common causes of neck pain:

  • Sleeping in an awkward position that puts strain on the neck
  • Carrying a heavy item with one hand, which puts strain on one side of the body
  • Suffering from whiplash or another injury caused by a car accident
  • Spending extended periods of time hunched over a computer monitor
  • Pain caused by a physical malady such as a herniated disc or pinched nerve

Q) How do I know if my neck pain is serious?

A) An evaluation by a medical professional or physical therapist is the best way to determine whether your neck pain is serious in nature. However, there are some key signs that suggest that your neck pain may require treatment by a professional. They are as follows:

  • Neck pain occurs in conjunction with balance or coordination problems
  • The presence of tingling or numbness in your neck, shoulder or arms
  • Neck pain is accompanied by difficulty gripping objects
  • The neck pain does not go away or continues to intensify in severity
  • Neck pain is accompanied by incontinence

Q) How should I treat my neck pain?

A) Treatment should depend upon the severity of your pain and the presence of other symptoms. If your pain is debilitating or rapidly increasing in severity, you should see a professional healthcare provider immediately. However, if your neck pain is minor or fleeting, youmay be able to reduce inflammation and alleviate your pain with the following measures:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen
  • Apply heat (via a shower or heat wrap) if your neck pain is chronic in nature
  • Apply ice in twenty-minute intervals if the pain is acute or your neck is inflamed
  • Consider scheduling an appointment with a massage therapist to help stimulate blood flow
  • Ask your health care provider about a muscle relaxant if you are experiencing spasms

Q) Is there anything that I can do to help prevent neck pain?

A) Yes! While it is impossible to prevent every type of neck pain, there are some simple tips that you can follow at home and work to help avoid the development of neck pain. Below are some easy steps that you can take to help prevent neck pain:

  • When working on your computer, place your computer monitor at eye level
  • Stretch regularly, especially if you are at your desk or traveling for long hours
  • Try to sleep on your back rather than your stomach or side
  • Invest in a firm pillow that supports your head and neck
  • Consider participating in a yoga or Pilates class
  • Remember the importance of good posture and avoid hunching your shoulders forward

Q) What can happen if I don’t treat my neck pain?

A) Some episodes of neck pain may improve without professional treatment. However, more severe cases of neck pain can lead to the development of other health problems if left untreated. Examples of some complications that may arise as a result of untreated neck pain include the following:

  • Headaches
  • Sleep interruptions
  • Hypertension
  • Absenteeism at work due to pain

Q) What is the best way to ensure that my neck pain is properly treated?

A) First, avoid the temptation to follow the habits of a celebrity! A licensed healthcare professional should diagnose your neck pain and outline the best course of treatment to help you eliminate your neck pain. When evaluating doctors and physical therapists, it is important to choose a provider that is dedicated to healthcare excellence and recognizes the importance that modern technology and education play in treating neck pain.

Q) What qualities should I seek when choosing a physical therapist to help with my neck pain?

A) Seek gold medal treatment by finding an experienced therapist that has been trained in manual physical therapy. The physical therapists and neck pain specialists with Orthopedic and Balance Therapy have established themselves as industry leaders by receiving extensive professional training in this innovative and effective technique. Manual physical therapy is a specialized, hands-on type of physical therapy that involves the strategic positioning of the hands to manipulate joints and put pressure on muscle to alleviate pain. One of the therapists with Orthopedic and Balance Therapy will develop a treatment plan to alleviate your discomfort and address the underlying causes of your neck pain.

Click here to schedule a FREE 15-Minute telephone consultation with one of our manual therapy trained physical therapists.

Tags: , ,

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAIL LISTDiscover the solution to pain-free living.
Sign up today for monthly health tips.

Our Reviews
Timothy Knopf
Timothy Knopf
20:18 30 Oct 19
Best therapy place around. I would recommend this place to everyone. They have the best group of therapists around.
Mitchell Udowitz
Mitchell Udowitz
20:43 27 Oct 19
I have been to two Physical Therapy places prior to finding Orthopedic & Balance Therapy in Valparaiso. While they were ok they don’t hold a candle to Orthopedic & Balance Therapy. OBT team works as one in harmony and they stay on top of the latest technology for their patients. Their team is so very knowledgeable and very friendly plus they generally care about what they are doing and it shows. They are concerned about the whole person not just the injury they need to be treated for.
Barbara Serynek
Barbara Serynek
18:52 03 Oct 19
The entire staff has been very pleasant, professional and accommodating. Both Kristen and Joe have given me the best massages. Kate and Kollin made sure that I was doing my excercises and helped to move things along. Feeling better every visit. I'm so glad that I chose Orthopedic & Balance.
Heidi Richardson
Heidi Richardson
17:00 19 Sep 19
I went to physical therapy not expecting it to do very much to help because that’s the way I approach everything with low expectations. Noel and his team have made my neck feel so much better that it puts me in a more positive mood each day and I actually feel more positive and more productive on a day-to-day basis..
Christine O'Donnell
Christine O'Donnell
16:26 14 Aug 19
I could barely walk into OBTS six weeks ago. I had very bad lower back and hip pain. The progress has been life changing for me. I always walk out of there with little or no pain. The staff, Laura, Dr Diane, Angie and, of course, Peggy, have taught me so much to keep my pain at bay. I highly recommend this team.
Nancy Guenther
Nancy Guenther
15:28 12 Jul 19
Absolutely awesome! My walking has improved 110%. And my pain level is zero. I highly recommend them. will be amazed how much better you feel.
Tracie Baxter
Tracie Baxter
20:24 03 Jul 19
This was the only place that could help with my TMJ. If you’re suffering from TMJ go see Noel! He really understands the condition. I no long have to deal with constant pain! The whole staff at this office is amazing and very welcoming.
Cindy Standiford
Cindy Standiford
21:33 28 Jun 19
The whole team is great!! I’m getting great care! I recommend Orthopedic & Balance for any issues you might have.
Joseph Mulholland
Joseph Mulholland
19:53 09 May 19
Amazing staff and amazing care. I came in barely able to stand up straight due to a back injury. After 6 weeks, I feel like brand new. Everyone was extremely helpful and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
Trool u
Trool u
19:44 24 Apr 19
I am a PTA student that was required 16 hours of observation time. I had the pleasure of completing my hours at this Valpo location. The staff is incredibly friendly. They were quick to make me feel at home. In a way I was sad to leave, but happy to continue on. I hope to eventually work in this field with a work family this caring and knowledgeable about their profession.
sharon Kramer
sharon Kramer
16:23 18 Apr 19
My experience has been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience in getting me to feeling better. The staff does a remarkable job and are fully qualified in their respective areas. The staff made it fun coming here and they were very caring and helpful with their clients!!
Tim Nash
Tim Nash
15:32 27 Aug 18
My first experience with OBTS was very positive. During the course of my 13 therapy sessions I worked with many different therapists and all of them were professional and competent. They were able to help me effectively control my pain without medication using their therapy program. Unfortunately, they could not get my physical condition back to the same ability as before. However, this is due to the fact that it was later determined by my doctors that I required surgery. I plan on returning to OBTS for my post-op physical therapy and have already scheduled my evaluation appointment. Scheduling seems to be a challenge sometimes but that's probably an indication of their patient's satisfaction and good reviews. Thank you OBTS!
Arlene Gross
Arlene Gross
15:58 22 Jun 18
Everyone that worked with me was helpful. I enjoyed watching the staff interact as they worked as they laughed and smiled making me feel that it was fun to exercise. My knee pain is less and I look forward to having the same results with my back.
Jose Ico
Jose Ico
12:43 27 Apr 18
My wife and I have been coming here for a year. They have wonderful customer service and the treatments were great. I could say that since coming here for treatments, I am now able to walk properly and sleep well at nights. They help you in the best way possible. The people here are great and we definitely recommend it to everyone!
Paul Grant
Paul Grant
21:51 03 Apr 18
I have read lots of reviews that say "the entire staff of ..." is great, and you know that it is BS.. .. Butt at OBTS that statement is true. The person answering the phone, appointment setting they work around my schedule. It is truly a team concept. Everyone that has work with/on me keeps me focus on getting healthy to play golf.... Even those employees that haven't work with/on me are upbeat, positive and encouraging both their patients and me..... follow up phone calls, positive, hand written notes of encouragement, reminding me to do my homework so I can play golf this year. Great Employees, Great Business!.
Diane Burns
Diane Burns
02:30 16 Mar 18
I’ve had an incredible experience here at OBTS. In just two and half weeks I’ve seen and felt remarkable results. My hip mobility has improved by 30%. I credit the excellent physical therapists and the deep tissue laser therapy for my gains. I’ve gone from walking with a limp and pain everyday to walking normally and know that I’ll be back to running in the future. Every single person is warm and friendly here. Great place!
See All Reviews