Neck pain is very common, affecting 7 out of every 10 people at some point in their life.
Most neck pain comes from an injury to a muscle, ligament or joint. Muscle spasm often occurs as a result of an injury and can cause pain. Common causes of neck pain include poor sitting posture, prolonged computer work, over-head activities and fatigue.
The pain can be aggravated by poor sitting posture, lying or turning head. Short walks and changing positions throughout the day will speed up recovery.
You can attend physiotherapy treatment without a GP referral. We will liaise with your GP, especially if we will feel you require any further investigations such as blood tests, X-Ray, MRI or a specialist opinion.
The common causes of the neck pain include:
- Muscular, ligament or joint strain
- Irritation of the disc
- Arthritis of the spine
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Disc prolapse or protrusion
- Nerve root compression
Symptoms of neck pain may include:
- Muscle ache, tension and stiffness
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Pins and needles/ Numbness
- Heaviness of the arm
- Arm pain
- Inability to turn or look up/down
The aim of Physiotherapy is to reduce the symptoms, speed up recovery and prevent recurrence. Physiotherapy treatment may include:
Hands off treatment includes:
- Movements to mobilisation your joints/ soft tissue
- Self mobilisation techniques for joints
- Tailored Exercise for mobility, stretching and strength
- Postural advice for sitting and movement
- Ergonomic advice
- Manipulation of your joints
- Mobilisation of soft tissues
- Dry needling