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Neck Pain in New Jersey

Neck pain caused by improper posture and other conditions will affect your shoulders, arms, fingers and hands in addition to your neck. Because the symptoms can appear unrelated to the neck, the residents of New Jersey rely on the expert diagnostic and treatment services of Performance Rehabilitation in Totowa and Lafayette Township.

What is Neck Pain?

Many individuals have neck pain that is frequently caused by improper posture such as hunching over a computer for several hours a day. Additional reasons for neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, are having a chronic health condition such as osteoarthritis or a herniated disc.

Occasionally, an individual’s neck pain occurs due to a serious health condition that requires fast medical care. These symptoms indicate that an individual needs to see a physician quickly:

  • Radiating pain in the shoulder and through the arm.
  • Loss of strength in the fingers, arms or hands.
  • Numbness in the neck or nearby regions.

What are the Causes of Neck Pain?

Because the neck supports an individual’s head, which can weigh up to 11 pounds, it is susceptible to incurring injuries or developing medical conditions that restrict movement and cause pain. There are several reasons why neck pain occurs, including:

  • Diseases: Cancerous cells can grow in the vertebrae, muscles or skin tissue of the neck. Other conditions that lead to neck pain are spinal meningitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Trauma injuries: One of the most common injuries that can lead to neck pain is whiplash from vehicular accidents that causes the head to jerk forward and backward.
  • Nerve compression: It is possible for the vertebrae in the neck to develop bony spurs or herniated discs that pinch nerves located in the sensitive spinal column.
  • Worn joints: As the body ages, the joints in the body become worn, leading to degeneration of the vertebrae and cartilage in the neck.
  • Muscle strains: Repetitive muscle strains often lead to cervicalgia when someone has poor posture from slouching over a desk while working all day. Bad habits such as teeth grinding and reading in bed can also lead to discomfort in the neck.

What are the Symptoms of Neck Pain?

Over 300 million individuals worldwide experience neck pain at some time in their lives, with symptoms such as:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulties moving the head
  • Muscles spasms or tightness
  • Discomfort that becomes worse while remaining in one position

How is Neck Pain Diagnosed?

When physical therapists at Performance Rehabilitation are diagnosing the cause of a patient’s neck pain, they perform a comprehensive examination that relies on the subjective question and answering with the patient. This then proceeds with the physical examination where the therapist’s hypothesis of the cause of the patient’s pain is confirmed or denied. Understanding the SINS of the disorder in this way allows for the most effective treatment to commence.

SINS acronym:

  • Severity – The intensity of the symptoms perceived by the patient.
  • Irritability – How much activity brings on the pain and how long it takes to settle back down.
  • Nature -Represents the therapists perception of possible pathology.
  • Stage -Refers to the progression and stability of the pathology.

This strategy is unique to Maitland-trained physical therapists and used by the physical therapists at Performance Rehabilitation to determine the vigor and extent of the physical examination. This approach is respectful of the patient and allows for clinical reasoning to proceed. This form of evaluation and treatment is used for every patient seen at Performance Rehabilitation (not only for the cervical spine but for all other conditions as well).

Additional medical tests prescribed by your doctor may include:

  • Nerve conduction velocity test
  • Electromyography
  • Myelogram
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Bone scan
  • CT scan
  • X-ray

Many people in New Jersey live with neck pain without ever seeking professional treatment. If you are ready for a long-term solution to your neck pain, contact Performance Rehabilitation, located in Totowa and Lafayette Township in New Jersey, to schedule a consultation with one of our neck pain specialists.