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Treatment can affect how long a stiff neck lasts

January 6th, 2020
Neck Shoulder and Arm Pain With Numbness in Fingers

If you’re dealing with a stiff neck that is disrupting your normal activity level and are looking for lasting relief to get you back to a better quality of life, physical therapy can help. Neck stiffness, often accompanied by pain and limited range of motion, can have a number of causes including injury and progressive conditions. In the most minor cases, a stiff neck can last for a few days, while more severe cases can last much longer and become a regularly occurring condition. 

Stiff necks are so common because of the important job the neck has to perform on a daily basis. This relatively narrow and delicate part of the body has to support the weight of the head, while enabling a complex range of movements, including bending, twisting and flexing. Over time, and combined with age-related changes, this can make the neck more prone to developing injuries, including a stiff neck. 

To lessen the amount of time you spend suffering from a stiff neck and lessen the likelihood of recurrences, you should try to take an active approach to your treatment. One way is to work with an experienced physical therapist to develop a treatment plan designed for the long-term health of your neck. 

Physical therapy for stiff neck treatment

Whether the cause of neck stiffness is a sports-related injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, physical therapy is designed to effectively manage your symptoms and improve functioning. After performing an evaluation that includes a review of your health history and a physical examination, your therapist can recommend a comprehensive treatment program. 

Each plan varies from person to person, but will generally include the following types of treatment: 

  • Manual therapy to loosen up tight muscles and other soft tissue
  • Active and passive stretches to help increase range of motion 
  • Therapeutic exercises to increase strength and stability in and around the neck 
  • Posture and movement training to lessen the stress being placed on the neck


Everyone is different, so it’s important to find a therapist who values a personalized approach to your treatment. 

Reach out to Rehab Access today

To find the relief you deserve from a stiff neck, contact one of our friendly representatives today. We’ll help you schedule your initial appointment and learn more about the treatment options that are right for you.