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Posted on 08-29-2016

Neck Pain:

    Neck pain is a common source of pain and disability throughout the population.  The lifetime prevalence of neck pain is around 30-70% with 50-85% of the general public reporting neck pain again 1-5 years later.  Neck pain has been the most common chief complaint among working-aged women.  Text neck has also become a global epidemic affecting millions of people worldwide. It affects a variety of age groups due to the excessive use of hand held devices. What is becoming particularly concerning is the amount of young children presenting with this condition.

   The origin of neck pain is thought to be multi-factorial.  Excessive physical strain may cause micro-traumas in connective tissues while stress may lead to increased muscular tension.  Evidence suggests passive coping (treatment from a health practitioner) delays recovery from neck pain, which is why it is important to include neck rehabilitation and strengthening exercises with conservative treatment.

Common Injuries Include:

  • Myofascial (muscle) trigger points
  • Neck Strains
  • Joint restrictions or facet joint irritations
  • Neck instabilities
  • Disc pathologies
  • Radicular pain
  • Headaches (cervicogenic)

Exercising the Cervical Spine:

    Studies found that if patients with chronic non-specific neck pain performed intensive neck strengthening, endurance training and isometric training as little as 2 times a week produced significant changes in functional measures.  Specific moderate and high-intensity neck muscle training can reduce neck pain. Intensive regular training will increase neck muscle strength and range of motion, leading to improved function and less disability in patients which chronic neck pain.

Over the next several weeks we will discuss 7 different exercises to help strengthen and stabilize your neck in order to prevent that pain in the neck. Stay Tuned!

**It should be noted that pain often accompanies the start of intensive exercise.  Difficulty coping with this pain may cause a patient to stop exercising. It is crucial that you continue the exercises and understand that hurt doesn’t always equal harm. 

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