Neck Pain

Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation

Nima Patel, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist located in Old Bridge Township, NJ

If you’re one of many people who struggle with neck pain, Dr. Nima Patel, PT, DPT, and her team of licensed professionals at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can help you find relief. They offer top-of-the-line neck pain techniques, including Redcord® treatments, at their practice in Old Bridge, New Jersey. For help overcoming neck pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Neck Pain Q & A

What is neck pain?

Your neck plays a key role in supporting and moving your head, leaving it susceptible to a host of injuries that may cause pain. Seven vertebrae in your cervical spine, along with ligaments and muscles, work together to allow you to move your head in different directions.

Damage to any one of these parts of your neck can result in the following common signs and symptoms of neck pain:

  • A headache
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Decreased range of motion for the head
  • Pain that may become worse when holding your head in the same position for long periods

Neck pain can prevent you from completing daily activities, such as driving or working at a computer, but the team at Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation creates an individualized treatment plan to get you back to your normal routine.

What causes neck pain?

A variety of injuries and conditions can be the source of neck pain, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Herniated disc
  • Bulging disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Muscle or ligament strains and sprains
  • Spinal stenosis

Neck pain often results from the strain or tension of everyday activities, such as:

  • Sleeping in an uncomfortable position
  • Looking at a computer monitor that’s positioned too low or too high
  • Turning your neck in a jarring manner
  • Having poor posture while exercising or working
  • Bending your neck for several hours

Dr. Patel and her team teach you methods to prevent neck pain while completing daily tasks.

How do you treat neck pain with physical therapy?

First, Dr. Patel, or a member of her team, carefully review your medical records, including any diagnostic tests or notes from your primary care physician. Then, they evaluate your neck pain and design a comprehensive treatment plan.

Depending on the root cause and severity of your neck pain, you may receive one or more of the following one-on-one physical therapy treatments:

  • The Graston Technique® or instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM)
  • Redcord suspension treatment
  • Dry needling
  • The McKenzie Method® of physical therapy
  • The Mulligan Concept® manual therapy

For the highest quality of care in treating neck pain, call Apex Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation or book an appointment online today.

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