There a wide variety of conditions that can cause neck pain including arthritis, disc related pathologies (bulging, herniation, degeneration), nerve irritation, muscular pain (myofascial pain, trigger points), whiplash, shoulder dysfunction, and thoracic spine disorders. Neck pain may be isolated to the neck or cause radiating pain down the arm, into the head, or into the mid-back region. There are many effective physical therapy treatments such as spine mobilization, traction, soft tissue mobilization, massage, and exercise that may be effective treatment for your condition.
While not all headaches stem from an orthopedic condition, a physical therapist may be able to identify if your neck, mid back, jaw, or vestibular system may be involved in your headaches. The upper cervical spine and its musculature has the ability to refer pain to the head that may masquerade as migraine like symptoms. A physical therapist may use treatments such as spine mobilization, soft tissue mobilization, massage, modalities, and exercise to help you manage your condition.
Pain in the mid back and thoracic spine can be caused by many conditions including facet joint dysfunction, rib dysfunction, altered breathing patterns, pain radiating from the neck, lower back conditions, and dysfunction at the shoulder. Treatment of thoracic spine may include joint mobilization, joint manipulation, exercise, and treatment of the adjacent body parts that may be contributing factors.
LOW BACK PAIN
Low back pain is the most common condition treated by a physical therapist. There are many variations of low back pain including pain radiating down the leg, muscular pain, disc- related pathologies, stenosis, arthritis, and nerve related pain. Physical therapists are highly qualified to diagnose your specific condition and guide you toward the proper treatment avenue based on your presentation. Some common treatments we administer for low back pain are mobilization, manipulation, massage, soft tissue mobilization, taping techniques, education, nerve mobilization, and various exercise interventions.
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SI JOINT PAIN
SI joint and lumbopelvic complex dysfunction can manifest in various conditions including low back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, hamstring pathology, groin pathology, and hip flexor pathology. Strengthening, joint mobilization, and soft tissue mobilization under a skilled physical therapist may be effective in helping you find relief from your symptoms.
NERVE RELATED PAIN
Nerve related pain may be stemming from a variety of conditions including entrapments, inflammatory conditions, low back pain, neck pain, or traction injuries. Physical therapy offers a wide variety of treatments that treat the root cause of your nerve pain to help you return to function.