Neck pain is something that is experienced by many people both young and old. Neck pain can be very debilitating and really affect a person’s quality of life. Similar to low back pain, most people will experience at least one episode of neck pain in their lifetime.
Like other types of spinal pain, neck pain can have a widespread presentation. This is because the spine is the origin of all the nerves that supply the muscles in our body. Injury to the neck can produce irritation to the nerves that supply the muscles of the upper body and pain can be felt in many different places. Sometimes a neck injury doesn’t even produce pain in the neck and instead people experience symptoms in their shoulders, upper back and arms.
The most commonly reported signs and symptoms of a neck injury include:
The anatomy of the neck is very complex. There are several structures that give the neck its shape, strength and function. The bony elements of the neck are called vertebrae and they are stacked on top of each other like building blocks. There are a lot of additional structures that make up the spine including the intervertebral disc, nerves, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.
There are a number of reasons why neck pain may occur. In many instances, neck pain can occur suddenly and without any obvious warnings. Some of the most common causes of sudden or acute neck pain can include:
Some mild sprains and strains of the neck may subside within a few days. However, sometimes pain can persist for many weeks, or even months and years, depending on the nature of the injury. There may also be underlying conditions that can lead to a person experiencing chronic pain.
Physiotherapy can help manage the signs and symptoms of neck pain. A Registered Physiotherapist at PhysioNow can perform a thorough assessment of the neck and develop a treatment plan that can address the limitations.
Physiotherapy treatment may include patient education, soft tissue work, joint mobilizations and therapeutic exercise to help reduce pain and improve function of the neck. Electrotherapies and acupuncture may also be used to help with pain management. Spinal decompression is also commonly used for the treatment of foraminal spinal stenosis symptoms.
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Neck pain can be caused by a variety of different reasons. For example:
Physiotherapy is an effective treatment option for neck pain. A Physiotherapist will be able to do a combination of various treatment options to help get rid of pain and improve your quality of life.
For example, Treatments may include:
A poor choice of pillow may be one of the causes of neck pain. Most people get about 6-8 hours of sleep a night. For example, If your pillow does not provide proper support, it will put your neck in improper postures for extended periods of time. As a result, this can either create neck pain or can make existing neck pain worse.
Surgery for neck pain is rarely done. This is because these types of surgeries do not always correct the symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Therefore, the trauma and the recovery time of the surgery is not always worth the outcome.
As a result, Physiotherapy treatment is a much better option for neck pain. It is non-invasive and can provide a lot of relief. Most times your symptoms may be eliminated very quickly!
Yes, Physiotherapy can definitely help with regaining any lost movement! Your Physiotherapist will assess you determine what the source of your lost movement is. They will apply the most appropriate treatment to help that restriction. Your Physiotherapist will also provide home exercises. As a result, you can continue to maintain your movement and prevent any re-occurrences.
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