If you are experiencing neck pain, then seeing a physiotherapist will enable you to recover quickly and get back to sports, work and the things you enjoy most.
How a physiotherapist can help
- Assessment – We will ask you in detail about the symptoms and assess the biomechanics of how you move, your posture and the function of your muscles, joints and ligaments.
- Diagnosis – We will then diagnose the cause of the neck pain, this may include identification of a number of factors which have contributed to the pain starting.
- Treatment – We will formulate a treatment plan and discuss this with you. Treatments will first be targeted at reducing pain and then rehabilitation to maximise functioning of the affected area. Treatments may include:
- Manual Therapy
- Rehabilitative exercise
- Use a low firm pillow – check that when you lie on it your spine is aligned well. You can ask someone to take a photo of you lying on the pillow and get a physiotherapist to check the position.
- Try exercises – these are examples of neck exercises you can do – ensure the movements are comfortable and you build up the range of movement gradually. Do not ‘push on through’ the pain or do movements which are painful.
- Take pain relief – paracetamol or ibuprofen – if the pain is impacting your everyday activity and/or sleep.
- Use a heat or ice pack – for 5-10mins for pain relief. Ensure the pack is wrapped up to avoid damaging the skin.
- Get an assessment from a professional – this should include an assessment of your posture during typical movements you do each day, for example, at work and for sports.
Common causes of neck pain
- Whiplash – occurs when your neck suddenly jolts forwards, backwards or sideways straining the muscles and damaging the soft tissue. Whiplash often occurs during a car accident or whilst playing sports and either receiving a blow to the head or falling and being struck on the head.
- Bad Posture – can contribute to having a hunched back from sitting at a desk or “text neck” causing the neck to slump forward causing pain in the neck and shoulders.
If the pain is not improving, see a physiotherapist to get a diagnosis and reduce pain quickly.
Research evidence supports physiotherapy for treatment of neck and shoulder pain. Exercise treatments have good research evidence for rehabilitation of neck and shoulder pain.
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