Neck Pain in Ankeny, IA

Daily stress can cause tension in the muscles of the neck, leading to stiffness, pain, and even headaches. Prolonged stress can lead to chronic muscle tension, which can cause the muscles to become stiff and painful. This tension can lead to a decrease in blood flow to the area, which can further exacerbate the pain. Stress can also cause poor posture, which can place additional strain on the muscles of the neck, leading to pain and discomfort.

Let’s face it, stress is 110% a part of our daily lives. There is a muscle in our neck called the levator scapula, which tends to respond very strongly to high stress. This muscle originates on the sides of your 1st-4th cervical vertebrae and attaches on the upper portion of your shoulder blade.

Neck pain can be very debilitating, particularly if it stretches down to the shoulders. If left untreated, it can become more severe and may require surgery. Sharp pains in the neck can make it difficult to function properly in daily life. Physical therapy can relieve neck pain. It doesn’t matter if your neck pain makes it difficult to sit straight at work, or tilt your head down to tie your shoes. Physical therapy is a common way for many people to relieve their neck pain. Our physical therapy practice is committed to providing the relief you require.

There are many reasons neck pain can occur. Neck pain typically starts at the base of the skull and ends at the top of the shoulder blades and could settle in the back. It can be anything from a dull, constant ache to sharp, stabbing pains. Additional symptoms can include:


  • Headaches
  • Upper body stiffness and muscle tightness
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Pain and discomfort when you stay in the same place for too long
  • Sleep loss due to discomfort and pain
  • Weakness in the arm
  • Inability to stand or sit straight

What Causes Neck Pain?

Most commonly, neck pain is caused by injuries to the tissues and bone structures of the neck. However, there are other causes. The following conditions can cause pain in the neck:

Injuries. Whiplash, which results in neck pain and is most commonly caused by an automobile collision or high-impact sports collision, is the most common injury. This is called a “strain injury” and causes the head to whip back-and forth, causing damage to the soft tissues at the back of your neck.

Muscle strain. Overuse can cause strain to your neck muscles. Overuse can cause strain even if you are just sitting at your computer all day, with your neck pointing toward the screen.

Nerve compression. The nerves that run from your spinal cord may become compressed if there is a herniated disk in your neck. Radiculopathy is a term that describes nerve pain that can extend down from the neck to the fingers and hands.

Illnesses. Neck pain can be caused by certain diseases or ailments, including rheumatoid, meningitis, and cancer.

Joint degeneration. As with any other joint in the body, your neck joints can become brittle over time, which can lead to pain. Osteoarthritis, which can lead to neck pain, can also cause cartilage loss between the vertebrae of the neck.

How Physical Therapy Can Help in Ankeny, IA

Physical therapy is the best treatment for neck pain. Our physical therapists will perform an initial evaluation to determine the range of motion and limitations in your neck. The diagnosis will be used to determine the treatment plan. Together, you will discuss the goals and expectations for each step of your individual treatment plan. The main focus is on relieving neck pain and getting back to work as soon as possible.

Manual or “hands-on” therapy is the most common treatment for neck pain. This involves special techniques that reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion. You will also be provided with targeted exercises by our physical therapists that will strengthen, develop, and improve your neck’s tissues and muscles. To help your neck muscles recover, we will work to improve your posture and prevent future injuries. Our physical therapist may also recommend additional treatments such as ice and heat, ultrasound, or electric stimulation.

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-Donna W.

“I had the most amazing experience with Josh.  I have suffered from daily lower  back pain, migraines and neck pain for over 15 years.  In the past, I have visited chiropractors weekly (sometimes 2 times a week) and have pursued physical therapy. Both had minimized the pain but it would resurface within days. Josh has positively impacted my daily life. He gave me the tools and knowledge to make long term change within my body. He was an amazing listener and seemed to change our long term plan according to growth and setbacks during our process together. He is genuine, professional and patient.  I am so happy with the results! Thank you!!!!”

-Mary B.

“Professional office, excellent one on one care, caring doctor. The treatments and exercise worked. I could barely walk when I came to my first visit and my mobility was 100% better after six weeks.” 

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