Joanne Colburn, MPT talks about Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Hello, my name is Joanne Colburn.

I understand you’re coming into physical therapy for neck pain. We’re here to help you return to your everyday activities & hobbies without pain.

It’s a team effort where we do our hands-on treatment to increase proper biomechanics into your neck. We also guide you with re: proper posture, proper work ergonomics, & exercises. In turn, we ask you to persist with your home exercise program as you can tolerate without making your symptoms worse.

Neck pain is largely caused by the activities we do to ourselves.

We all tend to have poor posture & a poor workstation. We also tend to lead sedentary lifestyles that perpetuate dysfunctional patterns that can cause pain.

Form follows function. We all need to practice more functional movement patterns to reduce pain & minimize further recurrences. By doing exercises to strengthen what is weak & lengthen what is tight, we can restore muscular balance to our bodies. By learning better mechanics for posture & for our workstation, we’re able to reduce & prevent injury. 

When patients come in for neck rehab, we utilize a combination of manual therapy, exercises, & everyday activities retraining. Manual therapy can involve proper cervical spine (neck) alignment, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, & muscular stretching. Exercises will address weak & tight muscles. Retraining for our lives will correct for poor posture, a poor workstation, & any other poor movement patterns.

Why live with neck pain? Physical therapy is a great conservative non-surgical option to reduce pain. Not only do we want you to live without pain, we want you to live with less reliance on pharmaceutical medications. 

When you come to AAA Physical Therapy, we’ll introduce you to our fun & enthusiastic staff & providers. We believe very strongly about an individualized approach to rehab. With our excellent providers & your commitment to change, your outcomes & therefore your life will improve.