We all have experienced neck pain whether it was short lived from making a wrong turn or lasting longer than planned due to an accident. Neck pain is the top three pain that can become a long-term problem if not addressed early on. Neck pain can affect anyone. There is no race, age, or gender that is significantly affected the most. However, those that do office work are more at risk for developing neck pain in the long run. A study was conducted where 512 office workers filled out a survey over a course of the year and by the end of the study over 45% reported neck pain.
Chronic neck pain is having consistent neck pain for more than 3 months and it can be harder to treat if put on the back burner. That is why if you encountered an injury at work or home or been having consistent neck pains it is important to see your doctor.
Migraines can also be a chronic condition and can be debilitating. Migraines and headaches are easily mistaken as they have similar characteristics. According to the Mayo Clinic, a migraine is a type of headache that is more severe in pain and disabling. Migraines usually happen on one side of the head and are followed by sensitivity to light or sound, nausea/vomiting, dizziness which can last for days and be disabling. While a headache is a general description of head pain there are different kinds of headaches that are classified depending on the cause.
Physical Therapy can help with both conditions with Therapeutic Exercises, Massage, Traction, Electrical Muscular Stimulation, and working on a Home Exercise Program. Studies have shown including, Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Patients with Tension-type Headache: Literature Review, that going to Physical Therapy for neck pain and Migraines can help reduce pain and muscle tension while improving neck stability and flexibility.
- Cagnie B, Danneels L, Van Tiggelen D, De Loose V, Cambier D. (2006). Individual and work related risk factors for neck pain among office workers: a cross sectional study. Eur Spine, 6(5), pp. 679-86. DOI: 1007/s00586-006-0269-7. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17160393
- Chronic Neck Pain. https://www.osteopathic.org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/pain/Pages/chronic-neck-pain.aspx
- Mayo Clinic Staff Print- https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/home/ovc-20202432
- Mayo Clinic Staff Print- https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/definition/sym-20050800
- Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Patients with Tension-type Headache: Literature Review
Gemma Espí-López-Anna Arnal-Gómez-Teresa Arbós-Berenguer-Ángel González-Teófila Vicente-Herrero – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4316547/