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Neck Pain Overview

Pain in your cervical region (neck) can be attributed to many things. Your neck has the very important job of supporting your head, while also allowing it enough freedom to move in multiple directions (up, down, side to side).

 

While this is the case, it is often people not moving their necks which is the primary cause of neck pain. For example, in desk based jobs, or those who have afflictions with their phones for prolonged periods. Much the same as all spinal pain, there are a variety of risk factors that may increase your likelihood of experiencing neck pain. Some of these are:

  • Prolonged inactivity (e.g. desk-based work).

  • Posture associated neck pain (prolonged poor posture).

  • Exercise or sporting injuries (often as a result of either poor biomechanics or over exertion).

  • Occupational (jobs that require lots of overhead working can predispose people to neck pain).

  • Sleeping position (e.g. people that sleep on their front tend to experience more neck pain).

Treatment

The treatment of your neck will be individual and based upon the clinical assessment. Due to the number of structures that are around and associated with the neck (e.g. deep and superficial muscles, nerves and joints), it is essential to be thorough with the assessment to understand each structures role within your neck pain. Similar to how we assess the lower back, we do this by first obtaining a history of your injury, then testing specific structures and movements in your cervical spine.

 

Once we have understanding as to what is causing your pain, we will then decipher an appropriate treatment plan to manage this. Treatment initially focuses on restoring movement and reducing pain symptoms with manual techniques and advice. Once this has been achieved there is greater emphasis on exercise prescription to help address the areas that have predisposed you to your initial injury, and to help prevent re-injury. With these considerations, your treatment may include:

 

  • Correction of poor biomechanics

  • Mobilisation and manipulation

  • Acupuncture and/or dry needling

  • Manual therapy

  • Exercise Prescription

  • Sports specific rehabilitation

  • Education

If you have any questions, concerns, or are unsure of a prior diagnosis, then book an Initial Assessment or free 15 minute phone triage and take the first step to being back to your best.