Too many people find themselves living with neck pain resulting from either poor posture, bad desk ergonomics, whiplash, or neck injuries because they may not know the cause of the pain or are not sure what they can do for it. Musculoskeletal issues impacting the cervical spine can leave you experiencing pain, loss of motion and even disability. Our physical therapy treatments are designed to help you learn how to address problems, find relief and regain your strength via physical therapy, massage therapy, orthopedic health and spinal decompression.
Our goal is to help you restore muscle function and mobility, return to your normal day-to-day activities and build endurance and strength while improving balance and reducing neck (and back) pain.
Common Neck injuries
- Whiplash Injuries
- Neck Sprains and Strains
- Herniated Discs
- Cervical Fractures
Whiplash injuries often happen because of vehicle collisions (even at low speeds like 5MPH) that throw the head back and forth. This can also occur in accidental falls. Sports, including boxing and snowboarding, can also leave you dealing with neck injuries. You’ll know if you have whiplash from the painful swelling and loss of mobility in your neck. It is possible that recovery from whiplash can take up to three months. And those are the fortunate ones. You could end up with a painful long-term disability, including chronic headaches, fatigue and muscle weakness. If you have whiplash from a car accident, sports or work-related accident, don’t ignore these injuries:
- Blurry vision
- Extreme fatigue
- Problems with memory
- Constant headaches or migraines
- Loss of range of motion in the neck
- Pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders
- Tingling and numbness in the arms and shoulders
Neck Injury (Sprains or Strains)
You can tear or stretch the neck ligaments (cervical sprain) too far, also damaging the muscle or tendons in the neck (cervical strain). This often results from trauma, sleeping in an odd position, or chronic poor posture arising from how you routinely sit, look down at your computer or phone for long periods of time at work or make sudden movements like turning your head to one side too quickly.
Spongy intervertebral discs are gelatinous “shock absorbers” that serve as cushions between the bones (or vertebrae) that form your spinal column. They can be damaged by any of the following:
- Incorrect movement
- Too much pressure
Discs can bulge out or rupture and press on your nerves, leaving you with pain or lessened mobility. Without treatment, you could end up experiencing chronic pain, tingling, numbness, burning, or weakness in your arms, shoulders, fingers and hands. Unless it is treated, you may end up with permanent nerve damage or need neck surgery to replace or remove portions of the herniated disc or fuse vertebrae together.
These fractures can arise from vehicle accidents, falling down, or high-impact sports injuries. They can leave you with paralysis, which is why they should never be ignored. If the neck bones are fractured or broken, you may experience unbearable pain and inflammation, and even be unable to feel your arms and legs. A doctor will diagnose fractures, immobilize your spine and when appropriate, refer you to a physical therapist for rehabilitation.
Putting off treatment in the hopes that your neck pain will go away by itself can often worsen your condition with long-term damage and limited mobility as a result. This is why our experienced physical therapists can help you after a car accident or work-related injury in American Fork, Utah. We have successfully helped patients from all over Utah County, including American Fork, Alpine, Highland, Lehi, Pleasant Grove, Lindon, Orem and Provo, Utah regain their health from injury and trauma.
Our skilled physical therapists can combine treatment to address your condition and optimize your healing results. This includes educating you about posture, proper body mechanics, ergonomics, rehabilitating your joints and muscle strength as well as restoring mobility and function.
Our targeted physical therapy is designed to lessen pain in your neck, back and extremities. Are you ready to get the help you need with physical therapy services? We help relieve pain and boost recovery. We welcome you to call our team today at 801-701-6699. Your health is our concern!