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How Can Physical Therapy Help Neck and Back Pain? October 13, 2014

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How Can Physical Therapy Help Neck and Back Pain?, Clifton, New Jersey

When it comes to neck and back pain, there can be many causes. From watching TV or using a computer in the wrong position, a person can often endure aches and pain. Even talking on the phone for too long in the same position can cause pain to occur.

It's imperative to realize that even if a person is comfortable, sitting, laying or standing in any position for too long can cause unwanted pain in the neck or back to take place.

Fortunately, though, at SportsMed Physical Therapy we can work with those who suffer from back and neck pain. It is pertinent that these issues be addressed as soon as possible after they are noticed as this can go a long way in ensuring that they can be treated to a point in which complete relief of the pain is obtained. But even if complete relief is not possible, physical therapy can still be of great advantage.

Types of Physical Therapy for Neck and Back Pain

It is imperative to understand the true importance of physical therapy for neck and back pain. Such pain doesn't always necessarily come about as the result of injury, however, injuries are commonly reported as the culprit.

When undergoing physical therapy for neck or back pain, a highly-trained and extremely experienced physical therapist will perform a variety of exercises on the many tendons and ligaments that directly connect to the spine.

Before starting this exercises and treatments, the physical therapist will conduct an individual assessment, followed by creating a customized plan that will be best fit the patient's treatment needs.

There are many forms of physical therapy that are used as solutions to neck and back pain. Some of the more common methods include cervical muscle coordination therapy and posture control exercises.

Some treatment plans will require a person to visit a physical therapist for only a few weeks. On the other side of the fence, there are some people who have to include visiting a physical therapist as part of their daily regimen for years.

The main thing to keep in mind is that if a physical therapist recommends ongoing therapy, then it is of the utmost importance to follow his or her guidance. If treatment is stopped too soon, this can result in the pain coming back or being even more severe than it was to begin with.

Also during physical therapy, a patient will learn an assortment of stretches and exercises to perform at home, which are essential at accelerating the healing of any damaged tissues. In some instances, the physical therapist may suggest electrical stimulation, or the application of ice/heat. For some patients, though, just regular physical therapy exercises are sufficient in treating neck and back pain.

With more than 90 percent of people stating that they at one time or more in their lifetime experience pain in their spine, it makes perfect sense that a person will likely need to acquire physical therapy at some point in their life.

For anyone who is suffering from neck or back pain, it can be helpful that he or she visit a physical therapist as quickly as possible to see if some type of physical therapy treatment plan can be carried out to improve the pain, with the hopes of the plan completely eliminating the pain that is being endured. 

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