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How Neck Physical Therapy Helps with Neck Pain

Neck pain or wry neck can affect many areas of your life, presenting suddenly, or gradually. There can be many reasons for your neck pain due to the numerous and complicated structures of the neck. The source of the pain can arise from structures such as the joints, nerves, discs, muscles or ligaments. Other symptoms can also be associated with neck pain such as numbness, pins and needles, headaches and arm pain.

 

What are some of the common causes of neck pain?

Neck and shoulder pain can be caused by a number of different factors. It is important to have a qualified Physio to diagnose the source of your pain. The majority of the time, neck pain isn’t due to any serious damage but is often caused by tightness, irritation and sensitivity of the muscles, joints and ligaments. Some common causes of neck pain include:

  • Whiplash: an injury to the neck caused by a sudden acceleration-deceleration event, for example, a car accident. Whiplash can cause neck pain, muscle spasms, headaches, pins and needles and numbness.
  • Muscle strain: this is a common cause of neck pain and is usually due to abnormal posture, poor neck support, poor neck control or weakness of the neck, work activities, stress, anxiety and sports injuries.
  • ‘Slipped disc’: the spinal discs are made up of a jelly-like inside covered by a tough outer layer. Disc injuries happen when a disc tears or ruptures, the inside can bulge out and irritate the nerves in your spine. A ‘slipped disc’ is also called a herniated or bulging disc.
  • Osteoarthritis: this common type of arthritis increases in incidence as we age. Osteoarthritis in the neck joints sometimes causes pain and headaches. It may also cause irritation of the nerves that exit the neck which can lead to arm numbness, pain and weakness.

 

Diagnosis and treatment

Physio is a common treatment option for long term pain relief of many types of neck pain and injuries. Neck physical therapy in Perth will assist with diagnosing and treating your neck problems, focusing on:

  • Any pressure on the neck structures
  • Tight and painful joints and muscles
  • Posture or neck muscle control problems
  • The range of motion of the neck joints
  • The strength of the surrounding muscles

Your local physiotherapy clinics in Como will ensure the correct diagnosis of your injury so that the most effective course of pain treatment can begin. Physical therapists use a combination of techniques to treat neck pain such as manual therapy through massage, facet joint manipulation, joint mobilisation, muscle strengthening and dry needling. You may also need to perform specific exercises as part of your neck health care and treatment plan to improve and restore neck function and strength.

 

Prevention

Preventing neck pain and injury is always best if possible, however, if you already have a medical history of suffering from neck pain, you can take measures to reduce the risk of another injury such as:

  • Improving posture and neck control
  • Avoiding overuse of the neck structures
  • Taking regular breaks
  • Strengthening the neck muscles
  • Creating an ergonomic work environment
  • Reducing stress

Neck Pain is a common complaint which is often treatable with high quality neck physiotherapist clinic in Perth. For more information, contact Integrity Physio for advice and treatment options.

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