Neck Pain

Equipoise Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Fort Lee, NJ

Neck pain and stiffness can make it hard to get through the day. It’s a common problem, one that the highly trained experts at Equipoise Physical Therapy in Jersey City, New Jersey, have the skills to treat. Dipty Mali, DPT, MBA, CKTP, is a well-respected physical therapist who leads the team, combining innovative and effective therapy with treatment plans tailored to meet your needs. For personalized physical therapy that works, schedule an appointment at Equipoise Physical Therapy today. Call the office or book your visit online.

Neck Pain Q & A

What causes neck pain?

Neck pain is often due to muscle tension and strain that may be linked to:

  • Sleeping with your neck in an awkward position
  • Poor posture
  • Working at your desk for long periods
  • Prolonged cell phone use

You may also develop neck pain from habits that appear unrelated to your neck, such as grinding your teeth (bruxism) at night.

Other causes of neck pain include:

  • Worn joints related to arthritis
  • Nerve compression in the cervical spine (neck) region
  • Whiplash injury sustained during an impact

Medical conditions and illnesses such as meningitis can also cause neck pain accompanied by flu-like symptoms and a high fever.

What symptoms accompany neck pain due to musculoskeletal issues?

Symptoms that may accompany neck pain include:

  • Pain that travels (radiates) into your shoulders, arms, or upper back
  • Stiffness that can make it difficult to turn your head
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Headaches

Your neck pain may worsen when you hold your head in one position for long periods, such as when you’re driving.

How does neck pain cause headaches?

Neck pain is a common cause of tension headaches, which occurs when the muscles at the base of the skull become tense and tender. This is often due to inappropriate ergonomics at your desk and/or poor posture.

Irritated muscles can cause discomfort that feels like a band wrapping around your head. You may also experience pain above the eyes when tense muscles cause nerve compression at the base of the skull.

How do you treat neck pain?

At Equipoise Physical Therapy, treatment for neck pain begins with a thorough evaluation that often includes an assessment of your posture and a detailed discussion regarding your symptoms as well as your daily routine.

Dr. Mali then creates a treatment plan that may include:

  • Exercises to correct posture
  • Recommendations regarding workstation ergonomics
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Stretching exercises to relieve tense muscles
  • Home exercise programs to speed healing and prevent future injury

Dr. Mali may also recommend heat, ice, and other therapeutic measures designed to relieve your discomfort and restore neck mobility.

Schedule a visit at Equipoise Physical Therapy today. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to book your appointment.