JOSPT.com – What should patients with neck pain expect from physical therapy? Nine years ago, in 2008, physical therapists published the first neck pain clinical practice guidelines. These guidelines have been updated and are now available in the July 2017 issue of the JOSPT. As before, these guidelines make recommendations based on best practices from scientific research for evaluation, diagnosis, and nonsurgical treatment of neck pain.

To update these guidelines, physical therapists teamed with the International Collaboration on Neck Pain to identify leading practices. These revised guidelines provide direction to clinicians as they screen, evaluate, diagnose, and make treatment-based classifications of neck pain. They also outline the best nonsurgical treatment options based on the published literature. At the end of the day, the best care is a combination of the leading science, the clinical expertise of your health care provider, and your input as the patient. These guidelines help inform the first step in this process…

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“If you suffer from neck pain and are currently going to physical therapy or plan to seek some sort of treatment I would recommend reading this article. It will inform you of what types of neck pain Physical Therapy can help with and what types of treatments you should be receiving. This is not just expert opinion there are over 700 high-quality research articles to support what we do and that what we do works!” – Dr. Kevin Alexander