Learn about the impact of being sedentary and how to relieve aches and pains with physical therapy in our June 2020 patient newsletter!
Pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment and is something we have all dealt with or will deal with at some point in our lives. National surveys have found that chronic pain—which is most commonly defined as pain lasting longer than 3 months—is a major health issue that affects approximately 100 million American adults and costs around $635 billion a year.
Dealing with chronic pain can make us feel frustrated, depressed, and just plain “broken” and the obvious thing we all want the most is to get rid of the pain as fast as possible. However, with so many options out there in the medical world, and the cost of healthcare only increasing, the question becomes which By Timothy Brown, PT, DPT method is the most effective and provides the greatest value? For many, medication is the first option to which people turn, whether it be something that can be picked up at a local pharmacy or something that is prescribed by a doctor.
Why? It provides fast pain relief and is readily available. However, in most instances, the pain relief is only temporary and the source of the pain is never really addressed but only masked for a short period of time. Aside from offering only temporary relief, the risks and side-effects associated with pain medications can be just as bad, if not worse, than the symptoms they are meant to alleviate, with chronic use increasing the risk of secondary problems such as GI distress, internal organ stress, and addiction or dependency issues.
This isn’t to say that pain medication doesn’t have its uses, but limiting our exposure to this kind of temporary pain relief and seeking out alternative methods of treatment that have less risk and more permanent results may be an effective and, ultimately, more optimal solution. Physical Therapy is largely regarded as one of the top alternatives for pain relief, being recognized in 2016 by the CDC as an alternative form of pain relief over prescription painkillers³.
The physical therapists at Excel Physical Therapy are experts in human movement, with their expertise resulting from their exposure to extensive education through accredited doctoral programs, challenging clinical experience, and use of the latest research-based medical literature. They are able to combine all of this to thoroughly assess and treat people of all ages and abilities in order to provide long term pain relief to their patients while restoring their functional movement and quality of life. This includes, but is not limited to, a wide variety of orthopedic ailments including low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and shoulder pain.
Excel Physical Therapy also offers treatment options with PT’s specializing in Pelvic Health and Vestibular/Post-Concussion Therapy to create a wide pallet of treatment options for all sorts of different needs. Excel Physical Therapy takes a patient-centered approach that is designed around a heavy focus on hands-on techniques and direct interaction between the patient and the PT, with no interference from aides or Physical Therapy Assistants.
If you are a person who feels limited by pain and is looking for a longer-lasting and healthier form of pain relief, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at one of our many clinics located for a one-on-one evaluation.
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It’s the end of the day and your neck is stiff and painful. You may even start to feel a headache coming on. Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders experienced by the general population second only to low back pain.
A recent study in the United States indicated that 15.1% of adults have reported an occurrence of neck pain within the previous three months. A second study determined that 3%-11% of workers experiencing neck pain were affected by it enough to cause lost time at work.
Traditionally, these types of symptoms have been addressed by training the muscles that make up our deep neck flexors, performing manual therapy, and using other non-surgical interventions. However, like most musculoskeletal issues we experience, the solution may not only be to focus on the area of discomfort, but also on nearby structures as well. Studies have shown that the majority of people reporting neck pain also experience shoulder pain or demonstrate poor shoulder movement.
There are several reasons to explain the correlation between neck and shoulder issues. First, the bones and muscles of the cervical spine and shoulders are connected to each other. Therefore, a continuous load on the shoulders can eventually increase the load on the entire cervical region, possibly leading to neck pain. Second, the nerves that act on your arm and shoulder all originate in your neck. If there is damage along this pathway then altered shoulder movements can lead to neck pain.
Several muscles are responsible for proper movement of the shoulder blade including the serratus anterior and the upper and lower trapezius. If these muscles are weak or not working together properly, it can alter the orientation and movement pattern of the shoulder blade and lead to discomfort in the neck. Research has shown that by providing proper support to the arm and shoulder, patients suffering from neck pain reported pain reduction and also demonstrated an improved range of motion in the neck. By strengthening the serratus anterior and trapezius muscles, patients can provide the proper support of their shoulder to help improve any neck pain.
If you currently experience neck pain or headaches, a physical therapist can assist in performing a comprehensive initial evaluation. They will assess the strength and range of motion of your neck and shoulders, as well as your movement patterns, and can provide education as to the causes of your symptoms. During scheduled visits, they can provide you with ways to change your work activities to best reduce your pain, and develop a plan of care to help you return to being pain-free!
Understanding the importance of regular physical activity is paramount in preventing chronic diseases. Contact us today to get started with overcoming your neck pain, so that you can enjoy the active lifestyle your body deserves!
David Girardot, PT, DPT
Sources: Lee, Y, et al Effects of shoulder stabilization exercise on pain and function in patients with neck pain, J Phys. Ther Sci 27: 3619-3622, 2015 Im, B, et al, Effects of scapular stabilization exercises on neck posture and muscle activation in individuals with neck pain and forward head posture, J. Phys Ther Sci 28: 951-955, 2016
Learn methods to relieve neck and shoulder pain in our February 2020 Newsletter!
Excel Physical Therapy is excited to announce that our Bensalem clinic will be moving to a brand new facility on November 18, 2019!
The new Bensalem clinic will be located at:
3331 Street Road, Suite 310
Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone (215) 639-1600
Fax (215) 639-8216
We welcome patients at our new location starting Monday, November 18th!
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Learn more about the causes and treatment for neck and back pain in our November 2019 monthly newsletter!
Life Doesn’t Have to be a Pain in the Neck! Learn more about how to relieve Neck Pain in our September 2019 Newsletter!