Headaches & Neck Pain Relief Sanger, CA

Neck Pain & Headaches

Neck pain is very common and can generate pain or limited mobility in the shoulder, arm, or hand. Headaches and even migraines are often triggered by an underlying neck problem. For example, many patients complain of aches or tenderness in the neck, and sometimes shooting, sharp pains in nearby areas. Often, the primary problems causing your neck pain are tightened muscles and poor posture from daily stress, sitting at computers, and inactivity.

It is often important to get treatment early and to not wait before pain gets worse.  Unfortunately, one of the leading reasons as to why neck pain is often so difficult to treat is because it takes a long time before it is taken seriously. Waiting too long to address your neck pain following an injury can lead to severe pain—and can make the injury more difficult to manage. By the time people seek treatment for their neck pain and headaches, it’s not because of the occasional twinge, but rather for problems that have lasted several months. The most common reasons people seek treatment for neck pain and headaches include:

  • Chronic migraines and tension headaches
  • Loss of full neck functionality, including becoming unable to turn one’s head completely
  • Soreness in the neck, shoulder and upper back
  • Stabbing pains, especially in the neck
  • Pain radiating from the neck and shoulders to the fingertips

In addition to these physically painful symptoms, many who struggle with chronic headaches will develop additional symptoms, such as nausea, impeded vision, difficulty concentrating, severe fatigue, and even difficulty sleeping.

While there are some situations in which the cause of your headaches or neck pain may be clear, such as being in a recent car accident or suffering a sport-related injury, in many situations the cause is not as obvious. In some situations, serious pain can develop from issues that you may not take seriously, such as poor posture or even dietary concerns. Driving long distances or working for hours on end at your desk can also weigh heavily on your neck and can lead to chronic migraines. It is common for a physical therapist to have to spend time working with you to determine what might have caused the pain in the first place. Determining the cause of the pain can increase precision for treatment in alleviating pain, as well as help you to prevent the injury from happening again in the future.

How can neck pain and headaches be treated?

In your sessions at Motion Matters Physical Therapy, you’ll be taken through hands-on treatment and therapeutic exercises that build strength and flexibility. Our team of physical therapists will also help you learn how to better position yourself during your daily life to avoid relapses, including ergonomic and posture tips.

Contact Us today at Sanger, CA Center so we can help you quickly resolve the neck pain you’re feeling now – and learn how to prevent it in the future.