Neck pain is particularly distracting and uncomfortable, and since your whole body relies on signals traveling through your neck, neck health is particularly important. Simple things such as posture, mechanics, work habits and stress contribute to neck pain, as do injury and accidents. Fortunately, most patients respond well to treatment. Once pain comes under control, Dr. Varveris and the PhysioNetics team work with the patient to break the cycle of recurring pain.
Treatment often depends on what originally caused the neck pain. Many problems improve naturally, though there is a cumulative and progressive pattern for most people. Both neck and back pain grow in severity without changes to body mechanics. Where there's not a degenerative condition, such as with sprains, strains, golf or other sports injuries, permanent relief of neck pain remains the ultimate goal.
For acute pain that lasts less than a week, manual therapy and radial pulse therapy prove effective. When neck pain reaches the subacute stage or chronic stages, anywhere from 2 weeks to months, more aggressive treatment techniques help break up fascia scarring, promoting long-term healing. Dr. Varveris and Dr. Smith are both certified in the Graston Technique. This is a deep tissue manipulation using tools to work the fascia in the affected area, stimulating blood flow and improving conditions for long-term healing. MyoKinesthetic release and mechanical spinal traction also augment other treatments, and cold light laser also proves effective.
While pain relief is, of course, the immediate goal, Dr. Varveris isn't satisfied until there's no recurrence of the condition. Breaking the neck pain cycle requires educating the body through spinal stabilization. This usually starts with posture and lifestyle changes, including instruction in body mechanics. Sleeping, sitting and standing postures receive analysis and counseling.
Progressive strengthening and flexibility exercises,many of them yoga-based, provide most patients with continued relief and ongoing freedom from further pain episodes.
Yes. Not only does PhysioNetics follow up with a progressive exercise plan, their facilities can complement the exercises one does at home. The AlterG stabilizing treadmill permits pain-free workouts by transferring weight away from the lower body, reducing impact strain and compression stress throughout the body.
Left untreated, neck pain occurs again and frequently gets worse over time. Treatment and prevention in the early stages often interrupt the cycle. Let Dr. Varveris and the team at PhysioNetics end your cycle of neck pain.