Suffering from pain at the back of your neck and shoulders? How physical therapy can help

Pain at the back of the neck and shoulders can have a number of causes, including poor posture, traumatic injury, a minor strain from sleeping in the wrong position or the presence of an age-related condition like arthritis or a herniated spinal disc. No matter what the cause, dealing with the pain can make it difficult to perform even the simplest tasks at work or at home. If the pain becomes chronic, it can even start to interfere with relationships, work and getting a good night’s sleep. 

In short, the effect it can have on your quality of life can be devastating. It’s important to understand that this type of neck and shoulder pain is manageable and physical therapy can be a critical step in the treatment process. To help you learn more about how physical therapists can evaluate and treat pain at the back of the neck and shoulders, the Back in Motion team is sharing the following informative overview. 

Please take some time to read this guide and don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have or if you’d just like to learn more about your options. 

How physical therapists help identify and relieve the sources of neck and shoulder pain

When you meet with a physical therapist for the first time, the initial step is typically a full evaluation of your medical history, any doctor’s notes and diagnostic imagery you have. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your specific symptoms, lifestyle and how the pain is affecting daily activities. 

After this, you can expect to undergo a full physical examination to assess posture and mechanics with the goal of identifying any movement or structural issues that may be causing or contributing to your pain. With this information you can then work with your therapist to develop a plan that can include the following treatment options: 

  • Manual therapy to activitate joints and soft tissue while relaxing tense muscles
  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen supporting muscles and better support the neck and shoulders
  • Posture training to evenly distribute pressure across the neck, shoulders, back and other areas 
  • Instruction for lifestyle changes and ergonomic improvements that can potentially relieve pain or other symptoms in this area. 

Highly personalized neck and shoulder pain relief at Back in Motion

Our entire team is passionate about delivering the highest level of patient-centered care to everyone who comes to us for relief. From the moment you’re greeted by our front desk staff to meeting one-on-one with one of our experienced and caring clinicians, we want to make you feel like family. 

Contact us today to learn more and to schedule your initial appointment at one of our clinics.