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Neck Pain Physiotherapy
Neck pain is pain felt in the neck, which will include the sides of the neck and back of the neck. Basically the entire upper spine
area, above the shoulder height and just below the head.
When certain nerves are affected, neck pain
can extend beyond the back of the neck to areas such as
In fact, neck pain is so common that it is estimated that neck pain affects approximately
30% of the US population each year. Neck pain can be caused by sudden
trauma such as a
Neck pain most frequently affects adults aged 25 to 50 years.
studies indicate that women are more likely to suffer neck pain than
Risk factors for getting neck pain includes:
- poor posture
- repetitive lifting
- office and
- and involvement in athletic activity
People with neck pain can have difficulty performing activities such
- playing sports
- or simply turning their heads
Thankfully, majority of neck pain episodes do not require surgery and respond best
to physical therapy.
Our senior physiotherapists design individualized treatment
programs to help people with neck pain
How Does neck pain Feel like?
People with neck pain may experience stiffness in the neck, and may describe the pain they feel as:
- Sharp neck pain
- Stabbing neck pain
- Dull neck pain
- Aching neck pain
- Throbbing neck pain
- Tingling neck pain
In some cases, neck pain caused by irritated nerves may extend into the upper back,
shoulder blades, shoulders, arms, or hands. This condition is called
(Read related article: lumbar radiculopathy).
Our senior physiotherapists can help determine if this
condition is happening to you and your neck, and will work closely with your physician and
surgeon to determine the correct treatment.
Signs and Symptoms
The type and location of your symptoms depend on the tissue or structure that is affected, and the severity of the injury.
Neck pain can cause any of the following signs:
- Inability to bend or rotate the neck
- Difficulty looking up
- Difficulty looking over the shoulder
- Weak arm and shoulder muscles
- Muscle spasms
Neck pain can cause any of the following symptoms:
- Pain in the neck, upper back, shoulders, arms, or hands
- Numbness or tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms, or hands
- Weakness in the arms
- Increased pain when coughing, sneezing, reaching, or sitting
- Inability to stand straight or sit up straight
- Stiffness when trying to move, or a feeling of being "stuck" in a
position such as stooped forward, or with the head leaning to the side
- Tight muscles
- Inability to remain in one position for a long period of time, such as sitting or standing, due to pain
- Pain that is worse in the morning or at night
- Difficulty sleeping due to pain
How Is neck pain Diagnosed?
Our senior physiotherapists will conduct a thorough examination that
includes taking your health history. He or she will also ask you
detailed questions about your pain or injury, such as:
- How and when did your neck pain start?
- What type of discomfort do you feel, and where do you feel it?
- At what time of day is it worse?
- What can’t you do right now in your daily life due to the pain?
We will perform tests on your body to find physical problems, such as:
- Difficulty moving
- Weakness or tightness in the muscles
- Loss of skin sensation (numbness) in some areas
- Loss of reflexes
- Joint stiffness
- Poor posture
- Difficulty walking
If we finds any of the above problems, spinal physiotherapy treatment may begin right away to help get you on the road to
recovery and back to your normal activities.
If more severe problems are found with any of the testing, we may collaborate with a physician or surgeon to obtain
special diagnostic testing, such as an MRI.
Do be assured that we will work closely with physicians and other health care providers to
make sure that you receive an accurate diagnosis and the treatment and
care you need.
how our senior physiotherapists can help your neck pain
Recent research has shown that spinal physiotherapy is a better treatment
than surgery or pain medication (such as opioid medication) for
relieving many cases of neck pain.
Physical therapy treatments often can
help people avoid the need for surgery or medication altogether.
We will work with you to design a specific
treatment program that will speed your recovery, including exercises and
treatments that you can do at home. Physical therapy can and will help you
return to your normal lifestyle and activities.
Patients often ask us how many sessions of neck physiotherapy they will
need before their neck pain resolves, and the thing is the time it takes
to heal each condition varies, but an
individualized physical therapy program can be effective and efficient,
and help heal neck pain in a matter of weeks.
We may advise you to:
- Rest the painful area by avoiding activity that causes worsening symptoms in the neck or arms.
- Stay active around the house, avoid prolonged bed rest, and go on
short walks several times per day. Movement will decrease pain and
stiffness, and help you feel better.
- Perform the simple neck movements he or she will teach you. These
can help reduce stiffness and pain and restore normal motion of the
- Apply heat therapy or cold therapy to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours.
- Sit in firm chairs. Soft couches and easy chairs may make your problems worse.
- Consult with a physician for further services, such as medication or medical tests.
We will work with you to:
Reduce pain and other symptoms
We will help you understand how to avoid or modify the activities
that caused the injury, so healing can begin. He or she may use
different types of treatments and technologies to control and reduce
your pain and symptoms.
These may include gentle hands-on techniques,
known as manual therapy, that he or she will perform for you; specific
neck movements that you will be taught to perform yourself; and the use
of technologies, such as
We will examine each person individually to
determine exactly what type of approach will help reduce pain.
In most cases, we
can design an individualized treatment program to help relieve neck
pain—even severe radiculopathy (pain that travels from the neck down
into the arm or hand)—to help individuals with neck pain avoid surgery.
In rare cases, radiculopathy requires surgery to relieve its cause.
If we find
that poor posture has contributed to your neck pain, we will
teach you how to improve your posture so healing can occur.
We will choose
specific activities and treatments to help restore normal movement in
any stiff joints. These might include "passive" motions that we will do for you to move your spine, or active
exercises and stretches that you do yourself.
You can do these
motions at home, in your workplace, and before your sports activities to
help hasten healing and pain relief.
determine if any of the involved muscles are tight, and teach you gentle
stretching exercises that you can perform at home. He or she also may
supervise your performance of special stretches during your physical
If we finds
any weak or injured muscles, he or she will choose and teach you the
correct exercises to gently restore your strength and agility.
pain, “core strengthening or stabilization” is commonly used to restore
the strength and coordination of muscles around your spine.
Restoring muscular endurance is
important for people with neck pain. We will
develop a program of activities to help you regain the endurance you had
before the neck pain started.
Return to Activities
discuss your activity levels with you and use them to set your work,
sport, and home-life recovery goals. Your treatment program will help
you reach your goals in the safest, fastest, and most effective way
For spine problems like neck pain, we may
teach you correct ways to lift objects (called “body mechanics”) that
will help protect your spine from further injury or reinjuries.
As your neck pain improves, it will be important for you to
continue your new posture and movement habits to keep your neck healthy
and pain free.
In rare cases of neck pain, corrective spinal neck surgery is necessary to relieve pressure
on a nerve or on the spinal cord. If you undergo surgery, be assured that our senior physiotherapist will work closely with you and your surgeon to help you regain
motion and strength more quickly than you could on your own, and help
you return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.
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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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