Neck pain is a extremely common and for some it is an everyday experience. Neck pain typically doesn’t start from a single injury. Neck problem usually develops over time from the stress and strain of daily activities. Many of the symptoms felt can be prevented, decreased, or even eliminated through proper stretching, strengthening, and alignment of neck. This is the reason people often visit a physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath to treat neck pain.
What are symptoms of neck problem?
Symptoms from neck problems vary. They depend on your condition and which neck structures are affected. Some of the more common symptoms of neck problems are:
- Neck pain
- Referred pain from jaw (TMJ dysfunction)
- Pain spreading into the upper back or down the arm
- Neck stiffness and reduced range of motion
- Muscle weakness in the shoulder, arm, or hand
- Sensory changes (numbness, prickling, or tingling) in the forearm, hand, or fingers
Why do people get neck pain?
There are many causes of neck pain. Doctors are not always able to pinpoint the source of a neck pain. Your doctor will make every effort to ensure that your symptoms are not from a serious medical cause, such as cancer or a spinal infection. Most doctors will prescribe painkillers to stop pain, refer you for Xray/ MRI scan or refer you to a physiotherapist before advise for surgery.
How can physiotherapist help neck pain?
Physiotherapists are highly skilled at helping people with neck pain. The physiotherapist will examine your neck and explain how you can manage the pain, contribute to your own recovery with pain relief treatments and prevent the problem from recurring.
What will happen when I see a physiotherapist for neck pain?
The physiotherapist will understand about your neck pain and perform physical examinations. Your neck conditions will be diagnose and explain before implementing solutions to your neck.
Physiotherapist can use a variety of physiotherapy techniques and modalities, such as ultrasound and electrotherapy to relax muscles and reduce muscular spasm. Your physiotherapist can also perform soft tissue techniques (massage, acupressure) and joint mobilizations and manipulations, including manual traction to restore passive cervical movements. Stretching and strengthening exercises are important in keeping the newly achieved mobility while improving neck stability and strength.
Your Physiotherapist will guide you through an exercise program, including postural strengthening. Treatment can involve education regarding stress reduction, massage, alteration of posture and workspace and self-pacing strategies to prevent further neck pain.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is provided for general information purposes only and is not meant to replace a physiotherapy or medical consultation.