Neck and Shoulder Pain

How to Put an End to Neck and Shoulder Pain and Stiffness - Without Taking Painkillers, Without Risking Surgery and Without Having to Wait to See the Doctor!

If you’ve got neck and shoulder pain, stiffness or an ache - it’s very tempting to think that it’s nothing, that it will go away on its own. Or, you pass it off as having just “slept awkwardly”, or that it’s just a “muscular” or a bit of “spasm” stiffness that “everyone” your age suffers from...

Too often neck pain is seen has just something that happens as we age. Just inevitable. It is very possible your dad or an aunt complained of “stiff” and “achy” neck often found nursing a hot pack growing up. Neck and shoulder pain might be common but it is not normal.

In some cases shoulder pain is coming from your neck… or the a weak shoulder is giving you neck pain. Only spine and shoulder specialists can often figure that this complex problem.

Or you have problems in both areas! Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t figure it out alone! Good news is with the proper care with a specialist in shoulder and neck can evaluate and set you on the right course of care!

Most people comment that there’s no obvious reason why it happened - but it doesn’t seem to be improving like it did in the past!

If that’s happening to you, you’re not alone - and we hear this type of thing all the time. In fact, Neck and Shoulder problems are one of THE most common problem that we see in our physical therapy clinic in Paramus, New Jersey.

And when it comes to neck and shoulder pain, everybody we see wants to know...

“Why is This Happening to me?”


“I’m really feeling old and just haven’t been able to exercise like I used to because it always makes my neck pain worse!”


“Why Am I Still Suffering With Neck & Shoulder Pain After Putting Up With It For 6 Months (Maybe More)?

Many people have told me they have forgotten what is was like without having pain, stiffness or achiness. You should not assume that it can’t change just because it has been there for awhile.”

Most people think that when they get neck and shoulder pain, it’s just going to go away on its own.

That they’ll wake up one morning and like “magic”, it’ll be as if neck pain never happened… But then 6 months later you’re still living with neck and shoulder pain - often even worse than it was when it came on.

Does That Sound Like You?

Another scenario we see all the time in our physical therapy clinic is when people go to the Doctor, and the Doctor tells them to rest and “try these painkillers” and “see how it goes”. The Doctor may even tell you a couple exercises for neck and shoulder pain that makes you feel worse…..

But this is rarely ever the best advice and often 6 weeks later, they end up going neck and shoulder pain to the Doctor again because it hasn’t got any better. Worse, they’re often given yet another prescription of even stronger pills, and advised MORE rest. This is madness and explains why so many people aged 30-60 years old are suffering with chronic neck and shoulder pain.

You may ask yourself why should I believe this going to change after seeing an MRI showing a disc bulge in your neck or Xray with arthritis in your shoulder. Which can’t be further from the truth!

Has This Type of Thing Happened to You?

Why else does neck and shoulder pain last longer than it should do? Well, it’s easy to get confused because you’ve been told different things, by different people. There’s lots of people out there who are happy to dispense advice - but not all of it is credible.

Maybe you think your neck and shoulder pain was caused by doing something - like lifting or sleeping awkwardly - but really it was caused by years and years of poor posture that caused the muscles in your neck and shoulder to become weak and gradual you may lose a bit of flexibility. The lifting or the awkward sleeping position was just the EFFECT of that. Simply the “Straw that broke the Camels back”’

If you don’t know what you’re doing - neck and shoulder pain can be very confusing and because of this, many people just end up accepting it as ‘part of life’ - as if it’s normal, and ‘just the way it is’.

Slowly you LIMIT or STOP your activities you love like golf, tennis or boot camp classes or lifting up your kids on your shoulders because everything seems to make it worse. Over time your body deconditions out of fear of making things worse and not believing you have options. Gradually you become deconditioned, feel stiffer and stop doing more and more things you enjoy in life...

Do You Feel That Way Too?

If you’re currently living with Neck & Shoulder pain, here’s 7 more reasons why it could be lasting longer than it should:

  • You thought it would go away on its own - but it didn’t.
  • You went to the Doctor who told you to rest and take painkillers - but the pills did nothing to help your neck and shoulder, and as soon as they wore off neck and shoulder pain and stiffness returns again.
  • A family member, or friend, told you that everybody gets neck and shoulder pain as they get older, so you just accepted it.
  • You tried other healthcare professionals, or a physical therapist in the past, but nothing they said or did seemed to help.
  • You tried YouTube exercises but they either didn’t do a thing, or made your neck and shoulder pain ten times worse.
  • You thought it would be a good idea to rest because your neck and shoulder pain was so bad, but all that did was make it feel even more stiff and tight.
  • You decided to get a few “massages” or maybe acupuncture hoping that would fix the pain, but all they did was feel nice and relaxing, and didn’t do anything to fix it long term…

If any of these have happened to you - we would love to help you by inviting you to book a call to talk with one of our physical therapists to find out what can be done to help you. The fact that you’ve tried any or all of these things already is actually a GOOD THING because when you know what doesn’t work - you are closer to finding the thing that does! 

Click the link below to book a call with us if you would like to get some solid advice given to you over the phone. The phone call is complementary and there is no obligation to book any appointments with us after the call is over. Our goal is to help you make the right decision about what to do next for the best. We always focus on how we can help you make the best healthcare decision for you!

What can I do to get rid Of My Neck & Shoulder Pain Quickly?...

  • First off, you need to make a decision about getting help. So many people procrastinate for so long, thinking that neck and shoulder pain will ‘just go away with time’, but then 6 months down the line they’re still putting up with it, and nothing’s changed… Or it gets worse.
  • Next, do the RIGHT exercises - one of the best things to help you ease your neck and shoulder pain is to do the right series of progressed exercises - the right exercises given to you by a physical therapist will help reduce pain, and allow you to move freely again quick - and make sure that the problems don’t come back anytime soon (or aggravate your neck and shoulder even more like some exercises do).
  • Avoid sitting and lying down for long periods of rest - ever tried to get up from the sofa after resting for a while, but you struggle because your neck and shoulder feels so painful and tight? That’s because one of the worst things you can do that adds to neck and shoulder pain is rest, and sit for long periods of time. Too much rest, and sitting in awkward positions makes your neck and shoulder stiff and tight. It would really help if you were given appropriate strengthening exercises for better posture, alongside hands-on treatment, to get you active and healthy as quickly as possible.
  • Get real, “hands-on” physical therapy - Physical Therapy is proven to help people with neck and shoulder. In fact at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation it’s one of the most common injuries we see. If your neck and shoulder pain is affecting your job, your ability to keep active, if it threatens your independence or gets in the way of spending quality time with family and friends - physical therapy can help get you back to living the life you deserve as quickly as possible.

If you would like to know how the physical therapy team at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation can help you live with less neck and shoulder pain - we invite you to start with a completely free, no-obligation, risk free appointment at our clinic. Talk to our spine specialists to better understand your options:

Note: The Discovery Session is something that we offer to people who are very nervous or skeptical about physical therapy - unsure of its benefits or if it is right for them. If that sounds like you, then please start with a Discovery session so that we can work with you to find out what is wrong and what can be done - without any financial risk on your part.

“How Can Choosing to See a Physical Therapist at The Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation Help You Get Rid of Your Neck & Shoulder Pain - In The Next Few Days?”

  • We can quickly take away the pain, achiness and stiffness - often inside a couple of sessions.
  • We can help you find out what’s really going on, and get to the root cause of your neck and shoulder pain once and for all - often inside 20 minutes.
  • Pain can “zap” you of energy and limit a peaceful nights sleep - we can help you to enjoy sleeping at night and living with more energy each day. Without sleep is almost impossible to recover!
  • We will ensure that your problem is “corrected” and “healed” properly - and we will provide you with the perfect set of exercises that will speed up your recovery.
  • We can help you put an end to taking all of those anti-inflammatories and painkillers that are no good for your health long-term.
  • We can help you avoid dangerous spinal surgery - and painful injections in your neck and shoulder.
  • We can help you keep out of the Doctor’s waiting room or from making repeat visits only to be given more pills!
  • We can help you get back to enjoying quality time with family and friends that neck and shoulder pain has stolen from you.
  • We can help you to finally get a good night’s sleep without tossing and turning trying to find that one position that feels right.
  • We can help you to sit more comfortably without your neck and shoulder stiff and painful. You shouldn’t have feel like you have generally need to protect it with simple activities around the home.
  • We can help you understand things you can “do” and “to avoid” on day one at home to avoid feeling fragile and less apt to want to move.
  • We can help you start being able to focus on your work or day to day tasks with better focus and enjoyment.

Basically, we can help you get back to living life free from a recent episode or a long standing chronic neck and shoulder pain. Pain is not a lifestyle you should accept.

If you want to know what it costs - and what availability we have at our physical therapy clinic in Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation then please just click the button below and complete the short form:

“Hear From Happy Patients of The Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation”

Please enjoy watching stories of other people with Neck & Shoulder pain just like you who came to see the physical therapy team at Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation - and left much healthier and happier:



40's Teaneck, NJ

"From the moment you walk in the door between Kathy greeting you and Tom's assistance, helping you out and getting everything done, you're home. You're with a family. They're taking care of you. As a mom, it made me feel safe knowing my son was getting the absolute best care in the absolute best way possible."



50'S Ridgewood, NJ

"He knows the craft really well. And then he tailors a plan that's unique to your kind of requirement, what you're trying to get to. It is about you. It is a cool atmosphere that has kind of a good, cool buzz, which makes you feel comfortable, which makes you feel like you can accomplish what you want to accomplish."


Ray LoBue

60's Paramus, NJ

"I'm a carpenter and I was putting a hardwood floor down in my bedroom. And I hurt my back. Tom obviously knew what he was talking about, he gave me a few exercises and literally in a week it really subsided. I would highly recommend Apex, they've been good to me."