by Dr. Michael Baranov, PT, March 20, 2015
It’s not unusual to suffer a stiff or sore neck occasionally. However, when discomfort persists or comes and goes frequently, you should look for a physical therapist that treats neck pain in Fresh Meadows. Here are some things to look for that indicate it’s time to consider physical therapy:
- Your neck hurts a the base of your head, either side of the neck or at your shoulder blade(s)
- Pain does not go away after only a few hours
- You are becoming increasingly dependent on medication, heating pads and massage to manage your symptoms
- Signs of Whiplash
If you have recently experienced an accident, you should have an examination performed by one of our physical therapists to determine whether or not you have whiplash. A common misconception about whiplash is the fact that it only happens after a car accident. It can actually result from any sudden movement that causes your neck to hyper-extend backwards and then hyper-flex forward very suddenly. Some of the most common signs of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness that is accompanied by one or more of the following:
- Arm weakness
- Jaw pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Sudden changes in vision or visual disturbances
In more severe cases, whiplash can also result in unusual symptoms such as anger, depression, mood swings and chronic insomnia. This is a condition known as whiplash associated disorder, and requires immediate medical attention.
Regardless of the cause for it, neck pain can prevent you from doing many of the things you love, which is why you should take action if you are suffering.
Recent studies have concluded that seeing a physical therapist first can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars. Here’s a recent one that concluded the following:
In the propensity-matched sample (n = 406), advanced imaging recipients had higher odds of all utilization outcomes. Charges were higher with advanced imaging by an average $4,793 (95 percent CI: $3,676, $5,910).
For patients with low back pain whom newly consulted primary care referred for additional management, advanced imaging as a first management was associated with higher health care utilization and charges than physical therapy.
For help with managing your neck pain or your back pain, contact us…it will save you time and money.