Neck pain: Symptoms, Causes and Physiotherapy Treatment
Causes of neck pain may include:
- Slipped disc in the neck
- Prolonged poor posture
Neck pain ranges from mild discomfort, while some can have severe, long lasting to disabling, chronic pain that affect daily life.
Whether you should see a doctor depends on if your pain prevents you from doing day-to-day activities like going to work or waking up from bed or sleeping or should the pain worsen.
The different symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain varies in terms of severity and duration. Neck pain usually lasts for several days up to a few weeks. Neck pain may be mild and not interfere with a person’s daily life. In more serious cases, it can cause severe pain and even affect a person’s quality of life.
Neck pain symptoms include:
People suffering from stiff neck describe the feeling as though their neck is stuck and unable to move properly. Neck pain can cause a decreased range of motion.
Sharp, burning or stabbing pain in the neck when you are doing certain neck movements or even when you are at rest.
Radiating pain and numbness
More serious neck pain may radiate into the head, upper back, shoulder, arms and fingers. This is an indication of a compressed nerve in the neck. Individuals might feel numbness, tingling sensations or weakness at the above-mentioned body parts.
When should I seek help?
Some neck pain do not need treatment and can be managed with medication, rest or home exercises/stretching. It is recommended to seek a doctor if the pain worsens or is affecting your daily life.
If you experience severe pain or numbness that causes weakness in your arms, it can be a sign of serious injury and should consult a doctor for further investigation.
Depending on the medical examination conducted by the doctor. The doctor may refer you to a physical therapist should he or she deem your neck pain as not requiring any form of surgery.
Physiotherapy management for neck pain
If your pain is causing you difficulty in your daily activities and symptoms persist for more than a few days, consider physiotherapy treatment to boost your recovery.
– Home exercises/Stretching
– Electrical therapy
– Manual therapy
In many cases, physiotherapy can be the best option to speed up healing and rehabilitation while alleviating pain and stiffness. Delaying treatment might result in your neck pain becoming worse or even developing into a chronic condition.
Types of Physiotherapy treatments for Neck Pain
WINBACK TECAR Therapy
This is a French non-invasive technology that utilises WINBACK energy, a high frequency current that can stimulate our body’s natural repair mechanisms, promoting cellular exchange. It is used to treat deep tissues and heal injuries without causing pain.
Individualised Exercise Prescription (Strengthening/Prevention) Your physiotherapist will prescribe suitable strengthening exercises targeting the causes of your neck pain which are customised for your individual condition and pain level. These exercises can be performed in between your Physiotherapy appointments to maintain strength and relieve pain.
Manual therapy involves the kneading and manipulation of muscles to promote flexibility and mobility of connective tissues. There are a variety of styles of manual therapy, which include massages, myofascial release, and stretching.
The term “dry needling” refers to the use of stainless-steel needles that do not inject fluids into the body. The needles are placed in trigger points on your body for a short period of time to release any knotted muscles and relieve spasms and pain.
At Ready Fit Physiotherapy, we do our best to maximise results for our patients. While traditional physiotherapy treatments are undoubtedly effective, we utilise the latest non-invasive technologies and state-of-the-art equipment to further accelerate the recovery process.
Why choose Ready Fit Physio?
At Ready Fit Physio, our goal is to ensure your speedy recovery.
Ready Fit comprises a group of highly experienced physiotherapists that will be with you at every step of the way. You are guaranteed to experience the utmost of care and quality.
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