Suffering From Back, Neck or Shoulder Pain?

Contact us about back, shoulder and neck rehabilitation services in Toms River, NJ. We are just a short drive away from Brick Township, NJ.

If you're one of the more than 12 million Americans living with back or neck pain, visit our office in Toms River, NJ. At APN Physical Therapy, we offer manual back and neck rehabilitation, which involves therapy done by hand rather than with a machine.

This form of neck and shoulder rehabilitation uses joint mobilization, trunk stabilization and a core strengthening program to improve joint mobility, normalize movement and decrease pain for a variety of ailments, including:

Spinal Stenosis

a degenerative medical condition where the spinal canal and or the opening between two vertebrae narrows and compresses on the spinal nerves or cord.

Treatment: stretching back muscles and strengthening abdominal muscles even after therapy is over
Symptoms - pain in the back that can travel down through both legs when walking or standing


a condition common in young athletes where one or more vertebrae slip over each other, often caused by sports that cause hyperextension (gymnastics, diving, weightlifting and contact sports). Other causes can include stress fractures (spondylolysis), degenerative causes (aging) or congenital (you're born with it.)

Treatment: a conditioning program that includes stretching, core strengthening and trunk stabilization programs. Can also do preventative warm-ups with stretching before playing
Symptoms - this condition may or may not have the following symptoms: lower back muscle spasms or dull aches that get worse with hyperextension. Pain, numbness or weakness in one or both hamstrings

Cervical Sprain and Strains

also known as whiplash, this is an injury to the neck resulting from the head being whipped back and forth. This can cause damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, discs and nerves

Treatment: medication and ice to decrease pain, gentle stretching and strengthening exercises and physical therapy are recommended for acute and chronic cases. With proper treatment, recovery time is often between one week and three months
Symptoms - Headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, muscle spasms and pain or stiffness in front and back of neck within 24 hours of injury

Low back sprain

an injury to the lower back where a stressed ligament temporarily forces the bones of the spine or pelvis out of place. This makes standing up straight painful.

Treatment: initially, rest, ice and medication prescribed by your doctor. Then physical therapy to improve strength and stability in back
Symptoms - popping, snapping or tearing at time of injury, lower back pain and muscle spasms

Low back strain

an injury to the muscles and or tendons in the lower back

Treatment: rest, ice and medication prescribed by your doctor. Then physical therapy is recommended to improve strength and stability in the back and provide muscle support to the damaged ligaments
Symptoms - pain on one side of the back that increases with movement. Spasms, swelling and loss of strength in the involved muscle as well as pain in the back, hip, buttocks and back of thigh

Set up a consolation with our neck and shoulder rehabilitation specialist in Toms River, NJ to locate the source of your pain and get started on a recovery game plan. We are just a short drive away from Brick Township, NJ.