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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