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How a Physical Therapist can help with Neck or Shoulder Pain

Cervical radiculopathy is often referred to as a pinched nerve in the neck. The pain can radiate from the neck to the shoulder, shoulder blade, arm and hand. Most often individuals in their 50’s, athletes, heavy laborers, and workers that use vibrating machinery are commonly affected. People who sit for long periods of time or people with arthritis in their neck can be affected. Physical therapy can help reduce symptoms, alleviate the acute neck and arm symptoms, improve strength, range of motion, and overall function. Most cases of cervical radiculopathy are resolved with physical therapy and do not require surgery. The first goal in improving cervical radiculopathy is to reduce the pain and inflammation in the area. Manual therapy techniques may be used to relieve pressure, decrease muscle tension, improve circulation and promote healing and pain relief. Postural education is an important part of the rehabilitation process. Adjustments to work stations, improvements to work habits, and postural education about bending, lifting, and reaching may improve symptoms. Therapeutic exercise and neuro re-education may be utilized to improve range of motion, strength, mobility, and overall function. Your physical therapist will instruct you on proper exercises to complete at home to improve your outcomes during your physical therapy rehabilitation. Call the clinic today to see how we can help!

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