Patient Information Resources

Alpine Physical Therapy
Three Locations
In North, South, and Downtown Missoula
Missoula, MT 59804
Ph: 406-251-2323
Fax: 406-251-2999

Child Orthopedics
Pain Management
Spine - Cervical
Spine - General
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

« Back

I followed my doctor's advice about an exercise program for my neck pain, and I got better. I can't help but wonder if it was the exercises or if I would have just gotten better anyway. Is there any way to tell?

It's likely your symptoms improved for both reasons. Damage to the soft tissues of the neck from injury, stress, or overuse takes about six weeks to recover. Exercise helps improve blood supply to areas trying to heal and repair.

When it comes to neck motion and function, a little pain reduction goes a long way. When you combine pain relief with improved activity, you feel much better physically and mentally.

Studies show that long-term outcomes are often the same between groups who exercise and those who don't. But most people agree they'd rather get pain relief sooner than later. Exercise is often the key to helping many parts of the body get back to normal.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.