If you are reading this, you are most likely experiencing neck pain, headaches, or a combination of the two. The symptoms associated with neck pain and headaches can be quite debilitating, especially when you do not know why you are experiencing your pain and if you do not know what to do about it.
Luckily there are highly skilled and very caring Physical Therapists in Huntingdon Valley that want to help you, not only with your symptoms, but in understanding why you are experiencing your neck pain and headache.
Impact of Neck Pain and Headaches
If you are experiencing neck pain or headaches, you are not alone! Nearly 70% of the world’s population will have neck pain at some point in their adult lives. Despite differences in individual studies, virtually of the research agrees that neck pain is quite common and is increasing worldwide.¹
On the other hand, headaches are even more prevalent with nearly 75% of adults reporting they have had a headache in the past year. And even worse, 4% of these headaches last 15 or more days per month.²
And when symptoms of neck pain and headaches are combined, there is even a higher prevalence, especially with migraines, tension type headaches, and whiplash injuries.¹ ³
Whether you have experienced, or are currently experiencing neck pain and headaches, you know the struggle of having to complete normal daily activities. Looking side to side to check your blind spot, using the computer, reading, playing with your kids or pets, or even trying to get a good night sleep can be frustrating.⁴
Simple tasks seem daunting and nearly impossible. Even small movements, lights, or noises may worsen your symptoms. If this is you, you are not alone and there are Physical Therapists that can help you!
Causes of Neck Pain and Headaches
Neck pain and headaches can be caused by a variety of different reasons. Simply straining the muscles of your neck can lead to pain, guarding, and ultimately tension and pain in your head.
To better understand why you may be experiencing neck pain or headaches, here is a list of common causes: