I'm seeing a physical therapist for neck pain that's lasting much longer than it should. Pain is my biggest problem but the treatment seems to be focused on getting more motion. Shouldn't we be doing both?

According to a recent study from the University of Hong Kong patient satisfaction seems to be linked with many factors. Pain, loss of motion, weakness, and loss of function are all important to a happy result. Each one should be a part of the treatment focus at some point.

Your therapist knows that treatment success depends on finding out what's causing your painful symptoms. Treatment is usually based on the therapist's findings and the patient's goals.

The therapist should look at all the pieces of the puzzle--patient's pain, level of satisfaction, physical function, and disabilities present. It wouldn't hurt to ask what your therapist is thinking. Ask about the treatment plan and what his or her strategies may be for your complete recovery.