Category Archive: Neck Pain


Women’s purses and back pain

Recently, a young woman came to my office with complaints of severe middle and lower back pain. On her first visit, I carried her purse (big bag), to the treatment room to assess its weight. Then, I asked her permission to weight the bag and discovered that it weighed 8 pounds. While 8 pounds does …

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Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Headaches can be a pain in the neck

Photo A - Upright desk posture

Guest Coauthor: Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT2 Alexa is a second year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019). She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction VA in Colorado. …

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Infant Torticollis: A Real Pain in the Neck

NEPA is fortunate to have many bright, altruistic and dedicated pediatricians. Over the past thirty years, I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with them and their patients. One of the most common problems referred to physical therapy by pediatricians is infant torticollis. Torticollis, also referred to as wryneck, means “twisted neck” in …

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Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 2 of 2

Filled Pillow on Wedge

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: 10 Tips to Choose the Best Cervical Pillow Part 2 of 2 As discussed last week in Part 1 on Cervical Pillows, studies on cervical or neck pillows have shown that those using a cervical pillow demonstrated a significant reduction in chronic neck pain and headaches. However, researchers cautioned that there are …

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Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 1 of 2

Butterfly Contour Pillow

Choosing a Cervical Pillow: Part 1 of 2 Are you one of the millions of people who suffer from chronic neck (cervical) pain and headaches? Did you ever wonder if your pillow is right for you? Studies on cervical or neck pillows have shown that those with chronic neck pain showed a significant reduction in …

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