The neck has a hard time in general, holding your head on your shoulders! It is little wonder that it is one of the most commonly injured or problematic areas. Over two thirds of the population will encounter a form of neck pain at some point in their lives. With increased workloads, reduced breaks and higher stress levels the result can be pain in the muscles of the neck and irritation of the neck joints.
Although neck pain is often the result of an accumulation of stress to the neck, sometimes neck pain can be the result of a one off incident, such as a car accident where the neck is sprained (whiplash), or when someone has slept awkwardly.
Pain in the neck is commonly associated with restricted neck movements, generalised aching during prolonged sitting and discomfort at night. Or pain that is referred from the neck down into the arm or shoulder blade region.
Physiotherapy management for neck pain starts with establishing where the pain is coming from and why it has occurred. The next steps are creating a methodical approach aimed at regaining full movement, reducing the pain and preventing a re-occurrence in the future. For treatment techniques we may utilise please see Treatments. Posture and ergonomics play a major role in neck conditions and we will advise you on how to improve these.