Neck and Arm Pain Treatment Specialist in Hinsdale, IL
Do you have arm pain and back pain? Don’t worry, treatments are available at Progressive Physical Therapy. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521.
Table of Contents:
What causes neck and arm pain?
Can neck problems cause arm pain?
How can I prevent neck and arm pain?
When to see a physical therapist for neck and arm pain?
Neck and arm pain can be caused by a variety of factors. Once a person injures their neck, it is likely they will suffer from chronic neck pain. The neck contains a large number of nerves, tissues, and muscles. Neck pain is common with individuals who have poor posture, as it strains the muscles in the neck.
Neck pain is also common with different medical diagnoses, such as a pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, pinched nerve, and osteoarthritis. Someone who has developed a stressful lifestyle may also suffer from neck pain due to mental and physical stress, which can cause muscles in the neck to tense up and become stiff.
An uncommon source of neck pain could come from a tumor in the neck, but this is a rare scenario. Since the neck has many nerves running through it, a pinched nerve is a very likely cause of neck pain. Arm pain also has many factors that can cause pain. The arms are connected by nerves, muscles, and ligaments from the neck. Common causes of arm pain can include but are not limited to; injury, inflammation of muscles, tendons, or ligaments, irritation, typing and writing for long periods of time, contact sports, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, or strenuous exercise. In women, arm and neck pain are often associated with a heart attack. This kind of pain is persistent, and progressively gets worse the longer it is left untreated.
Arm pain is often associated with neck pain. The arms are connected through muscles, ligaments, and nerves. If a patient presents with a neck problem, it is likely that they may suffer from arm pain or weakness as well. Common diagnoses that affect the neck could also affect the arms can include rheumatoid arthritis or a pinched nerve.
The neck is a part of the cervical spine, which is the upper portion of the back. An injury to the cervical spine or otherwise known as the neck can cause symptoms like weakness or numbness in both the neck and the arms.
Signals from the brain can also cause problems with the neck and arm. An individual who recently suffered from a stroke may have suffered from arm and face paralysis, and these signals are sent from the brain, and travel down the neck to the arms.
Preventing neck pain can be successfully done by preventing injuries. People who play contact sports like football or hockey are at an increased risk for a neck injury, which can lead to a lifetime of pain.
Regularly exercising and stretching their neck is also a way of preventing neck pain. Someone with an office job who may sit in a certain position for long periods of time throughout the day may cause stiffness or tension in their neck, so regularly stretching and exercising their neck muscles is a good way to prevent them from suffering from neck pain. Another way to prevent neck pain is by seeking assistance from a physical therapist.
Physical therapists are certified in protecting the musculoskeletal system, and they also provide health teaching to their patients to help them prevent and manage injuries or disorders. Preventing arm pain is a very achievable goal with the right strategies. If you work in a physically demanding job, it is key that you protect your arms from an injury due to lifting an object incorrectly. Doing this can cause a strain or sprain in the arm muscles, which can cause a great deal of pain. Another way of causing arm pain is by doing strenuous workouts. Repeatedly working out the arms can lead to muscle fatigue in the arms and can lead to progressive and persistent arm pain. Rotating workouts to different body parts every workout can allow the muscles to relax in your arms and prevent pain from occurring.
Preventing arm pain caused by a disorder or disease may be more difficult, which is why the best way to help manage and prevent arm pain is to seek assistance from a physical therapist. Physical therapists have extensive knowledge regarding different disorders that may affect the musculoskeletal system. They can provide different treatment options that can help alleviate and reduce any pain that may be caused by a disorder or disease.
Seeking medical attention from a physical therapist related to arm and neck pain would be the most beneficial early on. Delaying treatment for arm and neck pain could cause further damage to both of these areas and could do more harm long term. A physical therapist has the ability to diagnose and treat different morbidities a person may have. With these abilities, reaching out to a physical therapist for arm or neck pain can be the start of a journey to a pain free life.
Physical therapists can also teach about things to prevent arm or neck pain from becoming worse and allow people to make decisions on how they want to contribute to a pain free life. The team at Progressive Physical Therapy has a group of physical therapists that are registered and certified to help individuals who may suffer from chronic or acute arm and/or neck pain. To learn more, reach out to our team. We are waiting to help you on your journey to recovery. For more information, call us today or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15 Spinning Wheel Road Ste. 24 Hinsdale, IL 60521. We serve patients from Hinsdale IL, Chicago IL, Oak Park IL, Lombard IL, Downers Grove IL, Bridgeview IL, and Oak Lawn IL.
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