In any one year 40% of adults will experience some form of neck pain. In most cases they aren’t due to serious disease or neck problems and most are due to minor sprains or bad posture. Problems persisting in the neck can also lead to jaw pain, headache, shoulder pain, pins & needles in the hands and also pain in the upper back.
What causes neck pain?
Unsurprisingly, the effects of bad posture can build up from our modern-day aspect of prolonged sitting (especially in front of a computers and televisions), this results in an exaggerated head tilt and is by far the most common cause of neck pain. Other causes include sport or motor vehicle injuries, overuse, stiffness and weak muscles. It is important to make an accurate diagnosis regarding the cause of your neck pain so that an appropriate treatment plan can be carried out.
Symptoms of neck pain include;
- Restricted movement or stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
- Dull ache or sharp pain that increases with neck and/or shoulder movement
- Nausea, headaches and/or dizziness
- More complex symptoms include pins & needles, weakness or numbness in the arms and hands in which case your mobile physiotherapist will conduct a neurological examination.
Before any action is taken, your physiotherapist will assess your neck pain, diagnose the problem and help you understand what’s wrong. Thankfully, home physiotherapy offers a very effective treatment for neck pain. They will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan that takes into account your unique lifestyle, general health and levels of leisure and physical activity. Typically, your Physits Physio may provide the following:
- Postural correction and useful tips on how to avoid further strain
- A series of spinal mobilizations that will help restore proper movement to the neck vertebrae
- Massage to any neck muscles that are tight
- Dry needling to release muscle trigger points
- Neck exercises to improve strength, stability, flexibility and prevent further injury
- Heat/ice therapy to help manage your neck pain