The neck is a very complex structure. As a result, strengthening neck muscles can be difficult using traditional physical therapy. When the cervical spine gets weak, specific muscles usually lose strength. The Multi- Cervical Unit was designed to test all neck muscles, diagnose which are weak, and provide a detailed program to restore these muscles to their original strength.
How Can the MCU Help?
Making specific neck muscles stronger can reduce your pain and allow your neck to become more resistant to flare-ups. This is the final stage of your rehabilitation and getting back to a more “normal” life.
How Do I Begin?
A therapist will perform your initial test. The machine will measure how much your neck moves (Range-of-Motion), the strength of specific muscles, and the amount of disability you experience because of your neck pain. MCU stands for Multi- Cervical Unit…
What Should I Expect?
MCU visits are scheduled twice a week and last about 30 minutes each. You may be sore after the first few visits. Your strength will be tested every 6-12 visits and you will be able to see your progress on graphs and charts.
Does Insurance Cover the MCU?
Yes, most insurance plans have coverage for this type of therapy. If you have an HMO plan, you may need to get additional authorization from your family doctor.
How Long Does it Take to Get the Muscles Back?
The average length of the program is 12 weeks. A few patients can get their all of their strength back in 6 weeks and some take as long as 18 weeks.
Do the Strength Gains Last?
Yes, the vast majority of patients at 1 year follow-up both held their strength gains and pain relief. The best way to maintain your strength gains is to return to your normal activities.
What Type of Pain Can Be Treated With the MCU?
- The MCU can treat:
- Neck pain
- Dizziness from the neck
- Upper back pain
- Arm numbness, tingling, burning