What is it?

Cervicalgia is a medical term used to refer to pain that occurs in the neck region that can be described as sharp, stabbing, dull, aching, throbbing, tingling, or persistent.

The neck is a complex area of the body composed of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons all working together to provide structure and protection, while still allowing it to move freely. Because of its flexibility and constant demand holding the head upright, the neck is susceptible to damage from sudden or repetitive movements. Pain caused by compressed nerves due to stiff muscles or damaged nerves from injury, can start in the cervical area and extend all the way down into the upper back, shoulders, shoulder blades, arms, or hands. This radiation of pain which has the ability to start in one place and affect other areas is called radiculopathy.

Neck pain is more commonly observed and reported by persons who have poor posture, are obese, smoke, perform repetitive lifting or desk work, are involved in athletic activity, and is estimated to affect approximately 30% of the US population each year.

If left untreated it can lead to a decrease of motor control such as muscle weakness, lack of coordination, or loss of reflexes in the arms or hands. It can also cause sensory issues, such as numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, fingers or skin and increased sensitivity to pain called hyperalgesia.

It’s important to have a physical therapist help address issues of Cervicalgia as soon as they become chronic to reduce or prevent the probability of nerve damage. During the initial visit with a physical therapist, patients can expect to receive a full medical history review as well as a physical evaluation to determine the etiology. The physical therapist may work alongside other healthcare providers such as a general practitioner or surgeon, to order special diagnostic testing such as X-rays, CT scans, MRI’s, or Electromyography (EMG). The physical therapist will use all the information documented and obtained from the tests to confirm an accurate diagnosis and create an individualized treatment plan.

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Cervicalgia Physical Therapy Benefits

How can it help me?

Cervicalgia can become a life altering condition leading to a multitude of symptoms. Physical therapy treatments often can help people avoid the need for surgery or medication. With the appropriate course of action created to fit each individuals needs, physical therapy has shown to: • reduce and relieve pain,
• improve posture, motion, flexibility, strength, and endurance,
• assist with stress management,
• provide insightful tips and tools on how to use proper body mechanics when lifting, pushing, and pulling, to minimize stress on the spine,
• and improve fitness and activity level.

Techniques and Exercises

What we incorporate into our treatments

Cervicalgia physical therapy can include techniques or exercises such as:

  • Cervical traction
  • Manual therapy
  • TRX Incorporated Exercises
  • Modalities
  • Cupping
  • Strengthening and conditioning exercises
  • Massage therapy
  • Myofascial release
  • TMJ physical therapy if neck pain is due to TMD.
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Foam roller
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Medication such as corticosteroids or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Who is eligible for Cervicalgia Physical Therapy

Common symptoms and conditions

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Stiff muscles or feeling of being stuck in a position.
  • Neck pain
  • Reduced or limited neck motion making it difficult to look up, over the shoulders, to the side, or bend forward.
  • Herniated Disk
  • Poor posture
  • Obesity
  • Dizziness
  • Weak arm and shoulder muscles.
  • Tenderness in the shoulders
  • Muscle spasms of the neck
  • Radiating pain to the upper back, shoulders, arms, or hands.
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands.
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Increased pain when coughing, sneezing, reaching, or sitting.
  • Inability to stand or sit up straight.
  • Inability to remain in one position for a long period of time, such as sitting or standing, due to pain.
  • Increased pain in the morning or night.
  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain.
  • Nerve impingement
  • Bone conditions, such as arthritis or osteoporosis which have a higher occurrence in the elderly.
  • Meningitis and other spinal infections.
  • Spinal stenosis and other conditions affecting the spine.
  • Kyphosis


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Since this is a physical therapy session which will require a physical examination and therapeutic exercise (varies by patient), we ask all our patients to come prepared. Please come dressed in loose fitted clothing that will allow for easy mobility, comfort, and access to the area of complaint. In addition we recommend sneakers with soles that grip to prevent slips or falls.

The need for a referral depends on what type of insurance you have. Most insurance plans do not require one, however some insurances do. For example, if you have HIP, you will need a referral from your primary care physician. We ask that you check to see what your health insurance plan requires prior to your initial visit. If you are unsure, please contact our front office and we’ll do our best to determine whether or not you require a referral.

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Each patients case and diagnosis is unique and requires the development of an individualized plan of care. Your physical therapist will give you an estimate of the number of sessions needed to reach a level of “feeling better”, during your initial evaluation.

Over time the number of visits may increase or decrease from the initial estimate, based on the progress made.

Brooklyn Body Works Physical Therapy accepts many of the available major insurance plans as well as alternate payment options, including cash/self-pay, to make our services accessible and affordable. Please visit the link below to view all information pertaining to Payment Options.


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