233-E Bell Fork Rd.
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-238-2259
fax: 888-209-9322
A Real Pain in the Neck

No, this article isn’t about tax season.  It’s not even about the political season.  What we are talking about here is an actual pain in the neck.  Neck Pain, Stiff Neck, and Headaches are one of the most common reasons that people visit their doctor.  So, let’s take a closer look.

  • Do you wake up with a “Kink” in your neck once and a while?
  • Do you have trouble turning your head to the side while driving to look for traffic?
  • Do you ever experience headaches that start at the base or the back of your skull?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then take the 30 second self-test for Neck Pain to see if Physical Therapy might be an option for you. 

Here at Synergy, we see a lot of clients suffering with neck pain and stiffness.  In fact, it’s the 3rd most common problem we treat.  So when clients come in suffering with neck pain, they usually ask 2 questions:

 “What is it?” (or “Why do I have this?”)

 And “How can I get rid of it?”

 This 30 Second Self-Test is the first test that our Neck Pain Specialists do when we see someone with neck pain and stiffness.  Let’s do the self-test now.

 Do the six moves. Stand up or sit up straight.  Go as far as you can, safely. A person with a normal neck should be able to do these moves without any problem. If you have pain or stiffness, then put an “X” beside that movement…

  1. Look Straight Up, above your head.
  2. Look Straight Down, at your toes.
  3. Try to touch your Right Ear to your Right Shoulder
  4. Try to touch your Left Ear to your Left Shoulder
  5. Turn your head to the Right
  6. Turn your head to the Left

Here’s what it means:

  1. If you have NO pain, tightness or discomfort with any of the 6 movements - your neck is in fine shape…mechanically. You probably have another cause of your neck pain (usually it’s in the middle of your back, between your shoulder blades) – we can help with that.
  2. You have pain and tightness looking up – this is frequently caused by arthritis. Here at Synergy we have a specific treatment program for this.
  3. If you have more trouble turning your head or laying it to the right or to the left (as compared to the other side)…we have a specific treatment program for that too.

That’s it.  It is a basic test, but one that will show you if you might benefit from a course of Physical Therapy.  So is it time to address what is causing your Neck Pain? 

When we identify these pain issues, people usually address them in one of three different ways:

  1. They ignore it. They decide to “tough it out.”  Hopefully, it will get better before the pain or the cause of the pain gets worse.
  2. They attempt to Alter the Pain. This could come in different forms.  They avoid activities that they used to do easily or they use medications or injections. The latter is a path that many of our patients are trying to avoid.
  3. Handle the issue. This is where Physical Therapy comes in.  We seek to address not only the pain, but the cause of that pain.  We seek to restore movement and flexibility. 

Kira Boyd, MSPT, ATC

Clinic Director/Owner

Synergy Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

Want Some Help?

Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain

Neck And Shoulder Pain

Neck Pain

Knee Pain

Knee Pain