Neck Pain

What is Neck pain?

Pain located in the neck is a common medical condition. In most cases, there are several problems that cause pain in the neck. Most instances of neck pain will go away within a few days or weeks. Pain that persists for months could signal an underlying medical cause that needs to be addressed.

 

Neck pain is common among adults, but can occur at any age. Neck pain can develop suddenly; from an injury. Or it may develop slowly over time; from years of poor posture or wear and tear.

 

Characteristics/ Clinical presentation

The most common causes:
The neck becoming locked in an awkward position while sleeping
Bad posture – sitting at a desk for a long time
A pinched nerve
An injury – whiplash from a traffic accident or fall

Symptoms:
Stiff Neck
Sharp or stabbing pain in one spot
Soreness or tenderness in a general area
Pain that radiates down into the shoulders arms or fingers; or radiates up into the head

Other symptoms:
Tingling, numbness, or weakness that radiates into the shoulder arms or fingers
Trouble with gripping or lifting objects
Problems with walking, balance or coordination
Loss of bladder or bowel control

Clinical Diagnosis

Heath questions should be asked during the initial examination to notice any risk factors that could predispose a patient for chronic neck pain.

Clinical findings by your Physiotherapist such as range of motion limitations in the neck (cervical spine) or around the shoulder and middle back (thoracic spine).

If your suffering with headaches and referred pain.

There are several special tests that can be performed to help classify and diagnose your symptoms.

Treatment

Soft tissue massage

Physiotherapy

Heat/ Cold treatment packs on your neck

Mobilisation techniques through the neck and shoulder region

Using a low firm pillow

Patient education

Take paracetamol or Ibuprofen or an Ibuprofen gel on your neck

Here at Comfort Health

 

At Comfort Health we offer a range of treatments from Sports Massage, Physiotherapy, Acupuncture and Cupping which can all help when struggling with neck pain.

 

If you feel like you could benefit from a treatment from one of our practitioners –  Click Here and book in today.

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