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Neck Injury

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Common neck injuries seen: 

  1. Whiplash: A type of neck sprain that occurs when the head is suddenly jerked backward and then forward, causing injury to the soft tissues in the neck.

  2. Cervical strain/sprain: A common injury caused by excessive stretching or tearing of the ligaments and muscles in the neck, often due to sudden movements or trauma.

  3. Herniated disc: A condition where the soft, gel-like material inside a spinal disc pushes out through a tear in the outer layer, causing pressure and pain in the neck.

  4. Cervical radiculopathy: A pinched nerve in the neck that can cause pain, weakness, and numbness in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands.

  5. Cervical stenosis: A narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck that can compress the spinal cord or nerves, causing pain and weakness in the neck and limbs.

  6. Torticollis: A condition where the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to tilt to one side.

  7. Osteoarthritis: A degenerative condition that can cause joint pain and stiffness in the neck.

Neck Injury Treatments:

There are several treatments that a physical therapist may use for a neck injury, depending on the severity and specific condition. Here are some examples:

  1. Manual therapy: Hands-on techniques such as joint mobilization, massage, and stretching can help to reduce pain and stiffness in the neck.

  2. Therapeutic exercise: Specific exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the neck can help to reduce pain and improve function.

  3. Heat or ice therapy: Applying heat or ice to the neck can help to reduce pain and inflammation.

  4. Electrical stimulation: Using electrical impulses to stimulate the muscles and nerves in the neck can help to reduce pain and improve function.

  5. Posture training: Improving posture and body mechanics can help to reduce strain on the neck and prevent further injury.

  6. Education: Learning how to manage symptoms and prevent future injury through proper ergonomics, exercise, and lifestyle modifications can help to reduce pain and improve function.

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