The human body begins to wear out after many years of using it. The neck particularly takes a hard hit after years of lifting, twisting, and turning. One of the most common effects of this degeneration is neck pain. The cervical spine in the neck has several bones called vertebrae that are separated by cervical discs that are filled with a cushioning gel-like substance. These discs help with neck stability and movement. With time, these discs begin to degenerate and wear, narrowing the space between vertebrae and nerve roots become pinched, a process called cervical disk disease.
Cervical pain is caused by the degeneration of cervical discs between neck vertebrae. Some of the factors that may accelerate the degeneration and cause cervical pain are:
- Injury or trauma to the neck
- Cervical disc degenerative disease
- Abnormalities in the bone or joints
- Poor posture
- Muscle strain
- Old age
The physical therapists in Somerset, NJ analyze symptoms of cervical pan that include:
- Neck pain
- Stiff neck
- Muscle spasms
- Abnormal reflexes
- Tingling sensation
These symptoms may radiate from the neck down the shoulders, arms, and hands. The
This disease normally does not require surgical treatment. Treatments like pain medications can be used, however, will not treat it in the long term. Physical therapy at Somerset Family Physical Therapy is a long-lasting solution that improves cervical pain. Your physical therapist in Somerset, NJ will use cervical traction, gentle manipulation of muscles and joints, and other exercises to improve motion and posture.
Prevention, management, and rehabilitation
During and after therapy treatment of cervical pain, you can keep your neck healthy by keeping your spine as healthy as possible such as by eating healthy, quitting smoking, exercising regularly. The physical therapists at Somerset Family Physical Therapy will help you understand how best to prevent an occurrence or reoccurrence of cervical pain.