What To Do For a Stiff Neck

It should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyways – evidence shows the treatment that targets a specific classification of neck pain (mobility deficits, headaches, sprain, etc.) has better outcomes than just general treatment for neck pain.

So what does a typical person who has a stiff neck (neck pain with mobility deficits) look like?-

  • Younger than 50 years old
  • Acute neck pain lasting less than 12 weeks
  • Symptoms are only in the neck (referred pain may or may not be present)
  • Restricted neck range of motion
  • Limited mobility of the cervical (neck) and thoracic (mid-upper back) spine

For patient's who match this criteria for neck pain with mobility deficits, we should match our treatment accordingly... 

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Mentoring Minutes: Janda 1

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

What are the common impairments of patients with low back pain?  How do weak and stiff muscles affect the stress on tissues?  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be discussing and assessing the common impairments associated with the Janda Lower Cross Syndrome!

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Mentoring Minutes: Radial Nerve Entrapment

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Differentiating lateral forearm pain can be difficult because of the intricacies of the muscles, nerve branches, and joints.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Michael Wong will be discussing the common entrapment sites of the Radial Nerve and the presentation of this nerve problem.  

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Cervicogenic Headaches: The Best Exercises For Relief

The relentless pounding…the intense throbbing…headaches are the worst! Unfortunately, they’re also very common. In fact, they’re the most common reason people use over-the-counter pain medication. Headaches also account for 18 million doctor visits in the US, 156 million work days missed – an estimated $25 billion in productivity losses – every year1.

Do your patients complain of headaches? What Kind – migraines, cluster-type? Maybe, like many of the patients I see, they get headaches stemming from the neck region – these are called Cervicogenic Headaches. The good news with this type of headache is that there are steps you can help them take to alleviate the pain – even without taking medication.

Let’s take a look at what Cervicogenic Headaches are, what causes them, how they differ from other headaches, and – most importantly – how to help alleviate and prevent them from recurring…

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Scapular Strengthening for Tennis Elbow

Lateral Epicondylalgia can be nagging and long-lasting - sometimes as long as 4 years! Plus, it tends to recur.  

Our patients need to know what the best treatment options are.  Sure, there are things we can do to help them manage painful symptoms in the short-term.  But, I'm more interested in what they can do long-term to address an underlying cause...

Scapular strengthening has been proven to be effective in eliminating Lateral Epicondylalgia and improving grip strength.  

Here is some more evidence about scapular strengthening you can implement into your treatment...continue reading...

Updates for PhysioU cardiopulmonary rehabilitation app!

The PhysioU team continues to invest in making the apps better!

We have just filmed and added to the interventions in the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation web app:

1. A series of commonly used Progressive resistive exercises.

2. This includes a video on precautions related to the use of these activities.

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OR, Sign up for a two-week free trial to experience the full PhysioU clinical reasoning suite. 

Updates to the iOS and Android app are coming soon!

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Mentoring Minutes: Ulnar Nerve Entrapment

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Understanding peripheral nerve anatomy is critical in order to help maximize patient function and quality of life.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Michael Wong will be discussing the common entrapment sites of the Ulnar Nerve and how movement can contribute to this nerve problem.  

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Mentoring Minutes: Median Nerve

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Peripheral nerve disorders comprise of a range of problems that can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life and function.  In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Michael Wong will be talking about how to assess common entrapment sites of the Median Nerve.  

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How Thoracic Mobility Affects Your Patients

Throughout our lives, we lose the most mobility in our thoracic spines.  Even by the time we turn 16, we lose up to 27 degrees of sagittal mobility here.    

This loss of mobility, and an increase in thoracic kyphosis decreases our ability to achieve full arm elevation, abducts the scapula, and increases the likelihood of shoulder impingement.  

Not only does T-Spine mobility affect the shoulder, it's also directly linked to neck dysfunction.

Offering your patients a few simple thoracic mobility exercises can have significant benefits on their overall mobility and function.

Here's some more info and 3 Thoracic Mobility Exercise Videos for you to share...

 

7 Scar Management Tips

I often treat post-surgical patients, and along with surgery comes scars.  Scars are wounds and must be treated properly to heal properly.  

The easy thing to do when it comes to scar management is to hope that the surgeon covered it - but how many of your post-op patients remember everything they learned in their pre-op appointment?

We're better than that.

We are Physical Therapists, and our job is to treat the whole patient.  

How are we educating our post-surgical patients when it comes to scar management? How can we help them prevent hypertrophic and keloid scarring in the best, most evidence-based ways possible?  

Here are 7 Scar Management Tips to educate your patients ...