Head and Neck ConditionsTreating Whiplash in the Acute Phase
Physical Therapy for Head and Neck Injuries
A concussion is a brain injury caused by severe impact to the head or aggressive shaking of the head. Symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, headaches, confusion/loss of memory, nausea, and vomiting. Sports players participating in high-contact sports are prone to concussions, and injury from concussions is a concern that every player should take seriously. If left untreated, concussions can develop into worse conditions.
At New Heights Physical Therapy Plus, we offer baseline testing through ImPACT. The computerized test is simple to take and is an important part of assessing a concussion if one were to happen, and for tracking return to play progression or return to baseline following a concussion.
Headaches are one of the most common disorders of the nervous system, affecting approximately 47% of the global population. Three of the most common headaches are tension type headaches, cervicogenic headaches, and migraine headaches. The type of headache depends on its intensity, frequency, duration, and origin of the pain.
Treatment for headaches includes work with resistance bands, posture training, muscle manipulation, and massage. Physical therapy offers procedures specific to the type of headache you are experiencing and will work with you to decrease the pain and frequency of your headaches.
Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden jerk to the head. Symptoms of whiplash can include: fatigue, jaw pain, dizziness, headache, or neck pain. More than 50% of patients injured in motor vehicle accidents receive whiplash diagnosis.
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic neck pain is usually caused by immense stress and strain on muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the immediate area. Symptoms of chronic neck pain include: the inability to get comfortable and sleep well, sharp or dull pain in the shoulders and neck, and loss of mobility of the head. Chronic neck pain can strike anyone, at any age for a number of surprising reasons. A few causes are poor posture, carrying heavy items, sleeping with little or no head support, sports injuries, falls, and whiplash. Physical therapy can help people suffering from this condition to concentrate on movements that help reduce pain, swelling, and increase blood circulation for faster healing.
The temporomandibular joint is on either side of your jaw, sitting a little below the area of the earlobe. It acts as a type of sliding joint that can develop pain, swelling, and joint lock in cases of severe TMJ syndrome. The cause of TMJ is difficult to pinpoint but is often from injury, arthritis, or genetics. The symptoms of TMJ can often lead to less use of the jaw joint. It can limit eating, talking, and affect swallowing. A few of the symptoms are jaw soreness, jaw popping and locking, pain in the jaw or jaw muscles, facial pain, difficulty chewing and swallowing. Treatment of TMJ with physical therapy is a great way to reduce pain and increase natural jaw motion. Use of massage techniques can reduce the tension in the muscles that make the symptoms of TMJ worse.
Head & Neck Conditions in Portland OR and Vancouver WA
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