Possible physiotherapy diagnosis of your neck pain and relevant treatments:
Neck pain or a stiff neck are extremely common, can affect your life and often, and with the right physiotherapy diagnosis and treatment, can be relieved. Whatever neck pain your are experiencing: sharp pain, dull muscular aches, headache, or an inability to fully move your head, a sore neck can be very frustrating yet it’s simple to fix in the majority of cases. As with all injuries, pains or aches an accurate physiotherapy diagnosis and treatment is imperative.
Often the initial reason behind the neck pain is not the neck but, due to joints becoming stiff or locked this in turn causes protective muscle spasm of some neck and shoulder muscles and weakness of others. This affects your posture which puts strain on adjacent joints and muscles, all of which can cause neck pain to be referred to the shoulders, back and arm.
Neck pain can also be as a result of trauma, such as whiplash or can develop gradually over time due to: poor sitting posture (driving or at a desk), using computers or driving for long periods, wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or can have no mechanism (some people just wake up one morning with neck pain and stiffness and have no idea what has caused it).
There are lots of different structures in close proximity that are all capable of producing pain, including bones, ligaments, tendons, disks, muscle and nerves. Therefore, it is important to have a clinical diagnosis so that the treatment you receive is appropriate to your condition.
Paragon Physiotherapy will provide for you a complete assessment, ensuring the initial cause of the problem is located, followed by a course of treatment that will both reduce your pain and ensure you have the knowledge to manage / alleviate future problems.
Examples of neck pain conditions we treat: Migraine, ankylosing spondylitis, bulging disc, cluster headaches, degenerative disc disease, facet joint pain, fibromyalgia, muscle strain, referred pain from neck or arm, overuse injury, pinched nerve, arthritis, repetitive strain injury, scoliosis, spondylosis, tension, thoracic outlet syndrome, TMJ dysfunction, whiplash and wry neck.
Paragon Physiotherapy provide a range of specialised assessments and treatments which include:
- Ice / heat pack application
- TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)
- Kinesio Taping
- Soft tissue mobilization / stretching
- Gentle range of motion (ROM) exercises
- Progressive strengthening exercises
- Postural training
- Athlete-specific training program
- Patient education