Neck pain is quite literally, pain or stiffness in muscles and joints in the neck. The condition is also referred to as a stiff neck because movements of the neck and upper spine become limited. Occasionally, the pain affects one or both shoulders and neck pain may also be associated with headaches.
Pain and stiffness in the neck can vary from a mild discomfort to severe pain. It may be acute (with a sudden onset) or chronic (long-lasting) and the cause of the problem can range from a strained muscle, a trapped nerve, stress, to various forms of arthritis.
Causes of neck pain:
Muscle and ligament strains from lifting, twisting and falling awkwardly.
Sleeping awkwardly e.g. in a chair
Treating neck pain:
- Physiotherapists will take time to listen as you explain your pain/symptoms
- On completing a thorough examination they will explain their findings and diagnosis
- They will answer any serious concerns you have.
- Based on the examination they will discuss the most suitable evidence based treatment from a vast list of skills, for example; acupuncture, exercise, manipulation and massage
- They will look at the possible causes and work with you to prevent recurrence
- They will provide you with specific exercises and advice to follow at home.
- Physiotherapy can provide you with efficient, effective treatment returning you to a normal, active life in the shortest possible time.Neck pain is rarely serious
- Keep your neck moving within pain free limits
- Identify and avoid irritating postures and activities
- Physiotherapists are experts at treating neck pain
- Most headaches can be treated successfully with physiotherapy
- Early treatment ensures a swift recovery