As we get older, neck pain becomes more common. Sometimes, we get nagging pain and we have a hard time pinpointing why it is happening. Other times, accidents and injuries contribute to the pain. One of the most effective non-drug and non-surgical treatments for neck pain is physical therapy. And these days, a growing number of patients are choosing mobile physical therapy to help relieve their symptoms.
What Causes Neck Problems?
Your neck consists of vertebrae that stretch between the upper torso and the skull. The cervical discs absorb the shock between the neck bones and the muscles, bones, and ligaments support the head and facilitate motion. Any injury, inflammation, or other abnormality in this area can cause pain and stiffness in the neck.
There are a number of reasons neck problems occurs, some of the most common include:
- Sleeping in a poor position
- Bad posture
- Working at a computer too long without taking a break
- Jerking head and neck motions during exercise
- Accidents and injuries
How Physical Therapy Treats Neck Problems: Your therapist starts with a thorough examination, including an examination of your medical history and the diagnosis of your condition. From there, a customized treatment plan is created. The treatment plan may consist of ice and heat therapy, as well as a series of exercises designed to reduce the pain and strengthen the muscles in the neck. Some of these exercises may be performed during therapy sessions, while others are to be done on your own. It is very important for patients to follow through with the prescribed exercise regimen. By doing so, they can accelerate their recovery process and more quickly eliminate the pain, stiffness, and other problems.
The Mobile Therapy Option: Patients with neck problems often find mobile physical therapy to be beneficial for a number of reasons. These include:
- Convenience: With mobile therapy, patients are able to receive care in the comfort of their own home or office. There is no need to travel to the clinic or hospital; all they need to do is be ready when the therapist arrives.
- Scheduling Flexibility: Trying to schedule an appointment for therapy at a clinic or hospital can be challenging. Often, they have limited time slots open, and it is difficult to find an open time that fits into your schedule. Mobile therapists schedule their appointments around your schedule, making it easier to find a time that works for you.
- Personalized Care: At a clinic or hospital, the therapist is typically seeing multiple patients at the same time. This can cause distractions and reduce the quality of care you receive. At home, the patient has one-on-one time with the therapist, and they are able to get the individualized care they need.
Perhaps the most important benefit of mobile physical therapy is the ability for patients to more easily keep their appointments. A successful physical therapy treatment program is highly dependent on momentum. One exercise builds upon the next, and it is critical for the patient to see the therapist as often as prescribed. This is much easier to accomplish when the home health agency is sending the therapist to you, rather than you having to travel to a clinic or hospital.