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How can physical therapy help neck pain?

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There are several types of manipulations and exercises your physical therapist or chiropractor can use to relieve stiffness, strengthen the area, and restore normal function of the neck. Treatments such as cold or heat application, deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and ultrasound may be used prior to exercise.

SOURCES: 

Korthals-de Bos, I. , 2003.  British Medical Journal

Hoving, J. , 2002.  Annals of Internal Medicine

American Chiropractic Association: "Chiropractic and Neck Pain: Conservative Care of Cervical Pain, Injury."

Smith, W. , 2003. Neurology

Chung, T. , 2002. Radiology

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh.

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

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SOURCES: 

Korthals-de Bos, I. , 2003.  British Medical Journal

Hoving, J. , 2002.  Annals of Internal Medicine

American Chiropractic Association: "Chiropractic and Neck Pain: Conservative Care of Cervical Pain, Injury."

Smith, W. , 2003. Neurology

Chung, T. , 2002. Radiology

Anthony Delitto, PhD, PT, FAPTA, professor and chairman, department of physical therapy, University of Pittsburgh.

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on January 21, 2017

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