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Neck injuries are a common ailment that can stem from various causes such as car accidents, sports activities, poor posture, or even daily wear and tear. These injuries can lead to significant pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, impacting one’s quality of life. Effective rehabilitation is crucial for recovery, and physical therapy is often vital to this process. Breakthru Physical Therapy provides specialized care to help patients in New Jersey recover from neck injuries and restore their function and well-being.

Common Neck Injuries

Physical Therapy After Neck Injury in New JerseyNeck injuries can vary widely in their severity and cause. Common types of neck injuries include:

  • Whiplash: Often resulting from car accidents, whiplash occurs when the neck is suddenly jolted back and forth, damaging muscles and ligaments.
  • Herniated Disc: This occurs when one of the discs in the cervical spine ruptures or slips out of place, pressing on nearby nerves and causing pain.
  • Muscle Strain: Overuse or poor posture can lead to muscle strains in the neck, resulting in pain and stiffness.
  • Cervical Spondylosis: Age-related wear and tear on the neck’s vertebrae and discs can lead to this condition, causing chronic neck pain and stiffness.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in recovering after a neck injury. It aims to reduce pain, restore mobility, and strengthen the neck muscles to prevent future injuries. Through personalized treatment plans, Breakthru physical therapists use stretching, strengthening exercises, and manual therapy to enhance flexibility and stability. Education on proper posture and body mechanics is also provided to ensure long-term neck health.

At-Home Exercises for Neck Pain Relief

In addition to professional physical therapy, performing at-home exercises can help alleviate neck pain and promote recovery. Here are some effective stretching and strengthening exercises to try:

Stretching Exercises:

  • Forward and Backward Tilt
    • Movement: Tilt your head forward, bringing your chin toward your chest. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Tilt your head backward, looking up at the ceiling. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
    • Repetitions: Repeat five times in each direction.
  • Side Tilt
    • Movement: Tilt your head toward your right shoulder, trying to touch your ear to your shoulder. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat on the left side.
    • Repetitions: Repeat five times on each side.
  • Side-to-Side Rotation
    • Movement: Turn your head to the right, looking over your shoulder. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat on the left side.
    • Repetitions: Repeat five times in each direction.

Strengthening Exercises: 

  • Side Resistance
    • Movement: Push your head into your hand on the right side, resisting the movement. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat on the left side.
    • Repetitions: Repeat five times on each side.
  • Shoulder Blade Squeeze
    • Movement: Squeeze your shoulder blades together and hold for 5-10 seconds.
    • Repetitions: Repeat ten times.
  • Upper Trapezius Stretch
    • Movement: Place your right hand on the left side of your head and gently pull your head toward your right shoulder. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.
    • Repetitions: Repeat three times on each side.

Incorporating these exercises into your routine can help alleviate neck pain and support recovery. Always consult your physical therapist for questions, and stop if you experience pain.

Start Recovering Today!

Neck injuries can severely impact your quality of life, but physical therapy offers a pathway to recovery, helping you regain mobility, reduce pain, and strengthen your neck muscles. At Breakthru Physical Therapy, our personalized treatment plans and guidance on at-home exercises ensure long-term neck health. With 14 convenient locations throughout New Jersey, we are here to help you through every step of the recovery process. Call 1-732-444-3578 or schedule an appointment online and start recovering today!

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