Understanding Neck Pain
The neck is responsible for supporting the weight of the head and protecting the nerves connecting the brain and the body. The neck is flexible to allow rotation, flexion, extension and lateral flexion. The factors that can contribute to neck pain include:
- Muscle strains and weakness
- Joint pain
- Poor posture
- Nerve compression
Office workers are particularly susceptible to neck pain due to long hours spent sitting in front of a computer with poor posture such as leaning forward or hunching over. Additionally Osteoarthritis is a common cause of neck pain. Neck pain can be acute or chronic.
Symptoms of neck pain can include:
- Limited range of motion of the head
- Muscle tightness and spasms
- Pain becomes worse when holding your head in the same position for long periods of time such as working at a computer or driving
- Persistent headaches
Assessment and Diagnosis
Our physiotherapists can help perform assessments and tests to determine the root cause of your neck pain. They will also ask questions to understand your lifestyle or any habits that may contribute to your pain.
Our physiotherapists approach patients with neck pain differently depending on the cause of the pain and will prescribe therapy and treatments accordingly.
- Soft tissue release
- Graded joint mobilisations
- Active range of motion stretching
- Progressive exercise plan, including sitting stretches and strengthening
- Advice on optimising work station set-up
- Education about managing long periods of sitting e.g. changing positions, usage of standing desk
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