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Alternative Approach to Treating Neck Pain

The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy provides consumer information on various conditions.  The following information was published recently on neck pain treatment and provides an effective alternative to direct stretching, mobilization or manipulation of the neck.   Please read the following and feel free to contact me regarding the benefits of this indirect treatment for neck pain:
Neck pain is very common. In the United States, between 30% and 50% of people suffer from an aching neck each year. Although neck pain can be caused by injury, most of this pain results from more gradual stresses, such as particular sitting, standing, or work postures, lifting patterns, or sleeping positions.
Typical neck pain can also cause headaches, pain between your shoulders, or a feeling of knots in your neck and upper back muscles. Although manual therapy, sometimes called “manipulation,” is a common treatment for many types of spine pain, some people are uncomfortable having their necks manipulated.
Recently, though, researchers have tested the benefits of a thrust manipulation of the upper back to treat neck pain. A study published in the September 2011 issue of JOSPT provides new insight and an evidence-based summary of the benefits of manipulating the upper back to ease and eliminate neck pain.  We have seen similar results of improved range of motion in patients with an adhesive capsulitis also know as a “frozen shoulder” with upper thoracic manipulation.   In general as physical therapists we should always assess the possible contribution of a inadequate range of motions, strength, and balance on other regions of the body.

J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2011;41(9):643. doi:10.2519/jospt.2011.0506
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Wyckoff, NJ provides spine, orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Wyckoff, and Bergen County region.  This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your doctor or healthcare practitioner before engaging in a paramus or ridgewood physical therapy or rehabilitative program.

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann

Tom Willemann is a premier physical therapist based out of Bergen County, New Jersey. He holds an MS in physical therapy from the University of Miami, is credentialed in the world-renowned McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), and holds an OCS (Orthopedic Clinical Specialist) certification. As of 2018, there are approximately 14,000 ABPTS certified specialists in the nation and less than 400 of them are located in the state of New Jersey. Tom is the owner and director of Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus. He opened the clinic, which specializes in spine and sports injury prevention, in 2004 after many years of experience in the field. Tom’s caring interest in others and his strong belief in continuity of care, combined with his clinic’s ability to find solutions for the most difficult orthopedic problems, have earned Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation its excellent reputation with patients and medical professionals in northeastern New Jersey and beyond. A true “family man,” Tom takes pride in his clinic’s warm and welcoming environment.
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