Physical Therapy and Alternative Treatments for Neck Pain

Neck pain is a surprisingly common occurrence, affecting around 10 percent of Americans at any given time. Osteoarthritis is a common cause of this pain. However, injuries, illness, lack of regular use, lifestyle choices and many other problems can cause acute or chronic neck pain as well. Thankfully, neck pain for Chicago residents can often be treated by alternative therapies that do not require prescription medications or invasive treatments, such as surgeries. Physical therapy and other similar treatments may be advisable for your case.

Your physical therapy treatment will always begin with a complete consultation so that your practitioner will know exactly what needs to be done to let you feel your best. Physical therapy often focuses on stretching exercises and range of motion exercises that lengthen your muscles, decrease tightness and nerve pinching and give you better movement throughout all areas of your neck.

Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, massage and the application of hot or cold packs may also be used as adjunct therapies for your neck pain. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation can help to loosen the muscles by reaching far beneath the surface of your skin using noninvasive techniques. You may be surprised at how well these techniques work at giving you better use of your neck overall. You may even see your headaches or migraines improve and your posture become better.

To know what type of alternative therapy may be right for your case of neck pain, be sure to check with the experts at Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Injury Centers, which can be found online. We can provide chiropractic manipulation, massage, physical therapy, neck traction, ultrasound therapy and many other services to treat this acute or chronic pain as well as other issues, such as scoliosis and headaches.

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