Neck pain is a common musculoskeletal problem. Although people of all ages are affected, the risk of suffering from neck pain increases with age. There are a variety of causes, symptoms and physiotherapy management strategies for targeting neck pain, which are set out below.
Symptoms of neck pain are rarely a sign of an underlying serious condition, but in some cases a review by a doctor is advised. Cases of severe neck pain which become constant, which occur after trauma or which present with additional symptoms such as numbness or weakness in the arms will often warrant further investigation.
Pain is located over the neck muscles and joints, and is often aggravated by movement or when holding a static position for a long period of time.
Neck pain can be accompanied by stiffness and clicking of the joints, and with tightness and spasms of the surrounding muscles. Occasionally, neck pain can lead to headaches and in some cases symptoms of a ‘trapped nerve’ such as arm pain and numbness/pins & needles.
The causes of neck pain are varied. We know that the neck needs to move frequently throughout the day and pain often comes from patients having held static sedentary postures for prolonged periods. The positions we adopt in day to day life are often static with minimal movement occurring in the neck, for example sitting at a desk and using a PC. These postures can overload the joints and muscles leading to joint pain and stiffness and muscle ache.
The other end of the spectrum can be excessive movement with repetitive tasks however this is less likely to lead to the pain we see with sustained postures and not moving enough. There are other conditions associated with neck pain that have different causes. See below for common conditions found at the neck:
A physiotherapist will carry out a thorough assessment in order to establish the cause of your neck pain. They will ask questions regarding the severity, irritability and nature of your neck pain. They will also enquire about the history of your condition and the aggravating movements and activities. A physical examination will include an examination of your neck movement and palpation of the neck and surrounding muscles. Information gained through this assessment is then used to guide treatment.
The neck pain treatment which is advised by your Home Physio will vary depending on their findings on assessment. Treatment options include:
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