What Is Neck Pain?
They do not call it “pain in the neck” for nothing. Neck pain can be debilitating and frustrating. It can bring chronic pain and a feeling that may lead to the decline of one’s physical or mental performance. Neck pain is very common, and studies show that two-thirds of American adults have experienced at least one episode of neck pain in their lives. Neck pain can develop as a result of a strain during exercise or other vigorous activity, at work, or even while sleeping. It can spread to the upper back, arms and hands, into the head and behind the eyes.
Causes of Neck Pain
Most neck pain is caused by straining but may also be the result of an accident or injury. The muscles and ligaments in the neck are tough and flexible, but they have their limits. Common activities that may cause neck pain include:
- Activities that involve repeated or prolonged neck movement
- Neck exertion when lifting or pushing heavy objects
- Sports trauma and concussion, car accidents, and falls
- Stretching the neck too far or twisting it too quickly
- Herniated disc in the cervical spine
- Bad posture and slouching
- Jobs that involve constant overhead tasks
- Repeated and prolonged movements
- Working on the computer
- Sleeping in the wrong position
- Improper head support while sleeping
- Overuse of mobile devices
- Holding the head in a forward position while engaging in activities like typing, watching television, or reading
- Improper exercise or work routine that uses the upper body and arms
Neck pain can also be the result of medical conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, herninated discs, stenosis or fibromyalgia.
Get Back to Doing What You Love
How can you get your life back as soon as possible? Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Acupuncturist, but he doesn’t use just one approach. With over 30 years of practice, he has developed a focused, dedicated treatment called Acutherapy that combines the best of evidence-based proven therapies to help heal your neck pain and recover faster from injury:
- Acupuncture: drawn from modern biomedical strategies
- Manual therapy: soft tissue work and joint manipulation
- Injury-specific Corrective Exercise
The skilled practitioners at Mark Thompson Acutherapy have treated thousands of patients with neck pain successfully, and their goal is to help you get rid of neck pain or heal from injury quickly and effectively. Treatments are usually a combination of modalities and consist of an hour of one on one care. If you are looking for someone who can treat you as a unique human being, who wants to help you get on with your life and lifestyle, you have found the right practice in Mark Thompson Acutherapy. Call today at 212 974-7240 or request an appointment online now.