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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

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I started seeing a physical therapist for neck pain last month. I noticed there are several other neck patients being treated by someone else who are already better. They don't need treatment anymore. Am I doing something wrong? Should I see that other therapist myself?

Studies show that improvement with physical therapy for neck pain patients may have more to do with the cause of your problem than the actual number or type of treatment sessions. For example, patients with trauma-induced pain (for example, car accidents) may take longer to recover compared to patients with pain of unknown cause.

Patients with pain AND decreased movement also require more treatment when compared with patients who have neck pain but full motion. You may simply have a different kind of problem from the other patients who have already been discharged.

If you have been in treatment for a month without seeing any progress, then there is some cause for concern. But if you are making steady gains with decreased pain and increased motion or function, then you may be right on target for your particular problem.

If you have questions or concerns, it's always a good idea to bring them to your therapist. Your recovery will go faster and smoother if you have confidence in what you are doing and no doubts about your treatment.


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