Neck Pain

Bay Area Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

It’s easy to strain your neck if have poor posture or experience trauma, such as getting injured in a car accident. The team at Bay Area Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, which understands how debilitating neck pain can be, specializes in innovative and comprehensive therapy plans. Before your neck pain gets worse, schedule an evaluation. Book your visit online or over the phone today.

Neck Pain Q & A

Bay Area Physical Therapy

What causes neck pain?

Your neck supports the weight of your head and is very flexible, so it’s vulnerable to injury. Neck pain can come from problems with the vertebrae of your spine, protective cartilage, and surrounding connective tissue.

Your neck pain may stem from:

  • Muscle strains
  • Nerve compression
  • Joint damage
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

One of the other common causes of neck pain is from whiplash. Often associated with automobile accidents or slips and falls, whiplash occurs when you rapidly move your head back and forth or side to side. This swift and strenuous motion can lead to strains and tears in muscles and other soft tissues.

How is neck pain treated?

Your physical therapist at Bay Area Physical Therapy will evaluate your imaging results from your previous provider — like X-rays or CT scans — and perform an extensive evaluation. If you don’t have recent images, they may request updated imaging tests.

Once they better understand what’s causing your neck pain, they can get you started on treatment, often on the same day as your evaluation. Your therapy plan can include:

  • Skilled manual therapy
  • Tailored exercises
  • Modalities such as:
    • Ultrasound therapy
    • Electrical stimulation
    • And others

What’s particularly beneficial about starting physical therapy with the team at Bay Area Physical Therapy is that you can even learn Pilates exercises to minimize neck pain and discomfort.

Because Pilates embodies exercises that strengthen and stretch your muscles, not only can sessions help lessen your discomfort, they can also reduce your risk of reinjury.

When will I feel better after physical therapy for neck pain?

The goal of physical therapy is to ease neck pain while building up muscles and strengthening injured soft tissues. Your customized plan should start providing you with some relief shortly after your first session.

Plan on several visits each week for at least a month to start noticing a drastic improvement in neck pain. It’s normal to feel some tension or discomfort right after your visits due to the fact that you’re working out weak, injured muscles. But with each session, pain and inflammation should continue to subside.

If you have neck pain, schedule an evaluation at Bay Area Physical Therapy by calling or clicking today.