Neck pain is pain felt in the back of the neck – the upper spine area, just below the head. When certain nerves are affected, the pain can extend beyond the back of the neck to areas such as the upper back, shoulder and arm. Neck pain can be caused by sudden trauma such as a fall, sports injury, or car accident or by long-term problems in the spine.
Poor posture, obesity, smoking, repetitive lifting, office and computer work and involvement in athletic activity are all risk factors for developing neck pain. Neck pain most frequently affects adults aged 30 to 50 years. Some studies indicate that women are more likely to suffer neck pain than men.
If you have neck pain, it may be difficult to work, drive, play sports or simply turn your head. Most neck pain episodes do not require surgery and respond best to physical therapy.
The physical therapists at Everest Rehabilitation Services design individualized treatment plans to help you reduce or eliminate neck pain, regain normal movement and get back to your regular activities.