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Common Causes of Neck Pain and What You Need To Do About It

Neck pain can present itself in many different ways. You may first notice pain/tightness when turning your head in certain directions. Then it may progress to where you start to lose range of motion. Range of motion loss is often first seen when driving and it becomes difficult to look over shoulder when changing lanes. Sometimes neck pain can manifest itself in tension headaches. You may feel the headaches on the top of your head and even into your forehead.

Common Causes of Neck Injury:

  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Poor posture/ergonomics
  • Weak musculature
  • Poor sleep positioning
  • Stress

Neck pain/injuries are one of the most common injuries we see at Loudoun Sports Therapy Center.  Whether the cause by from an injury or poor posture. Some of the most common ailments related to the neck that we see include tight/overworked muscles, headaches, osteoarthritis, joint stiffness, and whiplash. All of these can cause pain, weakness, and decreased ability to perform everyday activities. 

The most common perpetrators of the tension headaches are the upper trapezius and Levator Scapulae.

They refer pain to your head which is why you experience the tension headaches. This can become a vicious cycle because stress can exacerbate the symptoms and as you get stressed your pain will continue to increase, causing more stress. 

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Don’t wait to let the pain progress to headaches and affect your daily activities/work, seek help. Physical Therapy is an effective conservative way to relieve your neck pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy doing pain free. At Loudoun Sports Therapy center one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will take you through a thorough evaluation to determine where the pain is coming from and how to treat it. They will talk to you about your daily activities and what leisure/work activities you’d like to get back doing. That could be anything from sleeping through the entire night pain free to returning to jiu-jitsu or even playing guitar. We will be able to get you out of the vicious cycle of pain.

When I was going through Physical Therapy School I often developed severe neck pain and tension headaches due to staring at a computer and studying every day. I had a few tricks that often helped me break the pain cycle. 

Jason’s Neck Quick Routine 

  • Tennis Ball Trigger Point Release
  • Chin Tucks
  • Upper Trap Stretch
  • Levator Scap Stretch
  • Chin Tuck Rotations with Head Nod

By: Jason Makoutz, DPT

If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any of these issues or just have generally achiness/pain in your neck call our office today at 703-450-4300. We can evaluate you and determine what steps you need to take to return back to your pain free life!

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