Similar to “TMJ,” oral-facial pain is a term which typically encompasses and wide variety of symptoms and diagnosis. Most often, patient experience pain with chewing and/or clenching the teeth. This can be caused by either the muscles of mastication or irritation of the trigeminal nerve, a very important cranial nerve in the face. 

NECK PAIN

Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal diagnoses in the United States, with about 70% of the population reporting experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. A variety of factors, including poor posture, repetitive movements and maintaining static positions are often components in this painful ailment. Additionally, direct trauma, such as whiplash and sports injuries can further irritate symptoms.  Patients often report pain in both the localized cervical region and radicular symptoms into the upper extremities and hand. Specifically diagnosed conditions, which are commonly treated in physical therapy are: Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Joint Disease, Arthritis, Herniated/Bulging Disc, Stenosis, Radiculopathy and Post-Surgical. 

TREATMENTS

Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal diagnoses in the United States, with about 70% of the population reporting experiencing this condition at some point in their lives. A variety of factors, including poor posture, repetitive movements and maintaining static positions are often components in this painful ailment. Additionally, direct trauma, such as whiplash and sports injuries can further irritate symptoms.  Patients often report pain in both the localized cervical region and radicular symptoms into the upper extremities and hand. Specifically diagnosed conditions, which are commonly treated in physical therapy are: Degenerative Disc Disease, Degenerative Joint Disease, Arthritis, Herniated/Bulging Disc, Stenosis, Radiculopathy and Post-Surgical. 

MANUAL THERAPY

Manual therapy, including soft tissue manipulation, joint mobilization and dry needling, are commonly used to decrease pain and muscular dysfunction. Skilled physical therapy intervention can undoubtedly increase blood flow to these areas and ultimately reduce inflammation. Contemporary research consistently concludes positive results with the physical contact between a therapist and patient.  

THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE PROGRAMS

Therapeutic exercise programs, including both stretching and strengthening are the hallmarks of productive physical rehabilitation.  The application of proper posture training and restoring normal movements patterns are necessary for early resumption of activity. Specific stability exercises are utilized to improve neck and upper quarter control, while also reducing the possibility of re-injury.

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