At Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services we know that Neck pain can take a serious toll on your daily life. If you are seeking relief from Neck pain and Headaches, we can help.
Britt Zink is a certified McKenzie MDT Physical Therapist who will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause of your pain. Britt will partner with you to develop a treatment plan to provide you with neck pain or headache treatment so you can get back to the activities you love without medications, injections or surgery.
Neck pain and problems of the neck can be described in different ways- some refer to it as degenerative arthritis, degenerative disc disease/DDD, degenerative joint disease/DJD, arthritis, osteoarthritis/OA, fibromyalgia, slipped disc, herniated disc, rheumatism, bulging disc, or spondylosis.
At some point in our lives, most of us will suffer from pain in our neck, or pain that originates in our neck and radiates to our shoulder blade, our shoulder, down or arm or even down into our wrist and hand. Some may feel pins and needles, numbness and/or tingling down their arm, forearm and in some cases, into their hand. Some may experience jaw pain, headaches, ringing in their ears or dizziness/vertigo. If you experince any of these issues you should call us today for neck or headache treatments in Sioux Falls, SD.
Usually these aches and pains and other symptoms occur intermittently- that is there are times of the day when no pain or symptoms are felt. The symptoms may appear for no apparent reason to only disappear just as mysteriously. As the condition becomes more chronic, these aches and pains and other symptoms may become constant and individuals struggle to find something that will give them relief. When dealing with constant pain, people may avoid recreational and leisure activities that they enjoy, they miss work, may undergo expensive (and often, unnecessary) radiological imaging studies, injections, epidurals and take medication to relieve their pain; only to find that the pain does not go away and keeps recurring. This pain often makes their daily lives absolutely miserable and they avoid activities in order to keep their pain at a tolerable level.
As the condition becomes more chronic, these aches and pains and other symptoms may become constant, and individuals struggle to find something that will give them relief. When dealing with constant pain, people may avoid recreational and leisure activities that they enjoy, miss work, may undergo expensive (and often, unnecessary) radiological imaging studies, injections, and take medication to relieve their pain; only to find that the pain does not go away and keeps recurring. This pain often makes their daily lives absolutely miserable, and they avoid activities in order to keep their pain at a tolerable level. Even worse, they struggle to get a good night of sleep and with lack of sleep, their symptoms during the day worsen.
If you have suffered symptoms like this, you may have already discovered that these symptoms can last for months or even years. You probably have tried treatments that give you temporary relief (adjustments, ultrasound, cupping, electrical stimulation, massage, ice, heat, dry needling, acupuncture, etc) that may give you some relief for a short period of time, but rarely give you any lasting relief. Your symptoms keep recurring and you long to find something that will give you lasting relief once and for all. The reason your symptoms keep recurring is because these temporary treatments do not address the CAUSE of your pain and do nothing to prevent if from recurring again.
You may also have seen another therapist or healthcare provider who gave you a generic sheet of exercises to do for your neck based on your "diagnosis" but they didn't take you through a thorough mechanical exam. You may have tried these exercises and found these to be of some benefit but often stretching and strengthening alone does not get rid of your neck pain. It is important to have an awareness of how you move and position your neck during the day can significantly contribute to your neck pain.
Wouldn't it be nice to finally get to the ROOT CAUSE of your pain, be shown techniques and exercises that will not only relieve your pain, but prevent it from coming back? How good would it be to learn how to apply treatment to yourself that you could perform in the privacy of your own home to decrease your pain and prevent it from coming back?
It has been demonstrated repeatedly that patients need a rational explanation of their condition. They need education in postures, activities, and exercises that allow them to remain pain free. They need advice from a specialist on how to avoid detrimental forces encountered in our daily lives and how to apply beneficial strategies. All of these things can be found at Britt Zink Physical Therapy Services!
1.Are there periods in the day when you have no pain? Even 10 minutes?
2.Are you generally worse when sitting for prolonged periods or on rising fresh sitting position?
3.Are you generally worse when inactive and better when on the move?
4.Do you sometimes experience pain across the shoulders or into the shoulder blades?
5.Do you sometimes experience pain down the arm and into the hand with symptoms like the feeling of "pins and needles" or numbness in the fingers?
6.Do you have periodic headaches?
7.Have you had several episodes of neck pain over the past months or years?
8.Are you able to move your head fully in all directions without pain between episodes?
9.Are you pain-free between episodes?
10.If you have pain in the scapula, or upper/lower arm, does it sometimes stop completely even though you may still have pain in the neck?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, there is great chance you can benefit from the treatment strategies offered by Britt Zink at our clinic.
Self-treatment strategies are the ultimate goal, but hands-on manual techniques may be necessary initially to assist with your recovery. It is recommended that you undergo a thorough comprehensive examination and evaluation by our own McKenzie MDT certified therapist, Britt Zink.
McKenzie MDT is a comprehensive, evidence-based system of examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis, intervention and prevention strategies aimed at patient education and independence. It is known to provide results for patients in the first 2-3 visits. It is founded on sound clinical reasoning for individualized plans of care. Cost-efficient treatment minimizing the need for expensive tests or procedures: no needles, no injections, no surgeries.
Step 1: Active Examination: Listening to the patient's detailed history and with the patient's active involvement using repeated postures and movements during the unique MDT examination process, Britt Zink establishes a clear direction with a solid baseline to develop an individualized plan of care.
Step 2: Dynamic Diagnosis: The patient will be prescribed specific exercises and given guidance for appropriate postures and behaviors to adopt or temporarily avoid outside of the clinic. Britt Zink can quickly re-evaluate your symptoms and range of motion changes to maintain the treatment course or modify the plan of care. This may include hands-on manual techniques as needed to assist in your recovery.
Step 3: Reliable intervention: By learning how to self-treat your current condition, you gain knowledge to minimize the risk of recurrence and you are empowered with knowledge and techniques to deal with your symptoms should they ever recur.
Prevention is the ultimate goal- YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR PAIN!
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR PAIN, EMPOWER YOURSELF AND GET BACK TO THE LIFE YOU LOVE WITHOUT MEDICATIONS, INJECTIONS OR SURGERY!
I am a cosmetologist. After 40 years in my amazing business I am having problems with my neck. So thankful I found Britt!! She has help me resolve my pinched nerve in my neck in about six weeks therefore I am able to continue in my career that I love. Britt is positive, knowledgeable, timely and worked with my crazy schedule! I highly recommend Britt Zink for anyone looking for physical therapy!!
I was referred to Britt by my primary physician. From the moment I walked in, Britt was a pleasure to work with. She took the time to get to know me as a person and how my injury was affecting my life. I quickly felt the results of Britt's treatments and she empowered me with at-home techniques to keep me on the right track.
I don't want to sound overly dramatic, but Britt turned my life around! I am now feeling great, running again, and look forward to new adventures! Britt really gave me my life back and I am truly blessed to know her!
Britt is an excellent therapist, and an even better person. Through working with Britt, I feel the best I have in 10 years. I appreciate how Britt's interventions are simple to do and do not require special equipment. Nor do I have to take a large amount of time out of my day to get my exercises completed.
I would recommend Britt Zink for anyone who needs physical therapy. Britt has many years of experience and has all the latests technology needed to help in her clients recovery. She is very "persistent" in giving her "all" to getting her clients better and stronger. She is a good "listener" and takes the time needed for each client, and puts them first and foremost in her practice. I greatly enjoyed working with her, she was a great encourager and supporter. She knows what she does very well!