Neck pain is a common problem that affects most people at some time during their lives. Some of the most common causes of neck pain include:
Poor alignment of the vertebrae (subluxation)
Bulging discs in the neck
Bone spurs and other forms of arthritis
Whiplash or other trauma
Forward head posture
Tension in the neck muscles
In some cases, patients may experience neck pain because of a combination of these or other causes. For example, a patient may have a herniated disc that is aggravated by tension in the neck and a forward head posture.
The clinicians at FTMC begin the treatment of neck pain by examining the patient thoroughly to determine the factors that may be contributing to the pain. Once the source of the pain is identified, a personalized treatment plan will be created that addresses the issues discovered. First Team Medical Clinic’s treatment plans typically include a customized combination of therapies, including corrective exercises, physical therapy, trigger point injections, soft tissue massage, spinal manipulation, and other conservative therapies.
Each of the healing methods FTMC recommends play a different role in the treatment of neck pain. For example, trigger point injections contain a small amount of medication designed to alleviate pain in specific areas. Corrective exercises and physical therapy can improve neck pain by strengthening muscles that are weak or damaged, as well a,s by improving posture and stability. Lastly, spinal manipulation can aid in the treatment of neck pain by resolving any problems with the patient’s alignment that may be contributing to the pain. Other conservative treatments used relax the muscles or promote healing or damaged tissues.
Some patients experience a relief from neck pain after their first visit, however, many patients will need to attend more than one treatment session to achieve optimum results. Over time, the patient’s neck will become stronger, more stable, and less likely to cause pain.
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