Physical Therapy for Neck Pain
Neck pain is common and can often be linked to trauma or ongoing issues with the spine. People who experience neck pain can have difficulty performing everyday activities such as working, driving, playing sports, or turning their heads. Most neck pain is caused by joint or muscle problems and can be treated effectively with early referral to physical therapy.
Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Pain in the neck, head, shoulders, or arms
- Numbness and tingling in the arms
- Neck Tightness
- Muscle spasms
How We Treat
A physical therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and create a customized program to address your needs. Services for neck pain may include:
- Strengthening exercises
- Endurance exercises
- Modalities to relieve pain (electrical stimulation, heat, ice, ultrasound)
- Manual therapy
- McKenzie method diagnosis and treatment
*Services are not available at all locations. Call or click the location page near you for that center’s services.
What to Expect
Every patient has a unique health history, diagnosis and personal goals. When you come for your first appointment, we will create a personalized treatment plan for you.
We work with most major insurance providers and do our best to help keep the paperwork pain-free. If you’d like to confirm your insurance coverage, please let us know and we can verify when you schedule. If your insurance provider requires a co-pay, we will ask for this payment at each visit. We accept payments by cash, check or credit card.
When to Arrive
On average, a patient’s first visit lasts about an hour. We typically ask patients to arrive 15 minutes early to sign-in, complete paperwork and/or change clothes.
What to Bring
On your first visit, you’ll need to bring your physician referral or prescription (if needed), your insurance card, your primary registration forms, your ID or driver’s license and your co-payment (as applicable). If desired, you may bring a change of clothing.
How it Works
During your first visit, your physical therapist will do an initial evaluation and discuss your plan of care. The therapist uses this information to set goals for your continued treatment. Physical therapy goals may include improved movement, strength, endurance and flexibility, as well as decreased pain. Your subsequent visits will focus on treatment that is based on your diagnosis and individualized goals.