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Neck Pain

What is Neck Pain?

It is a common musculoskeletal problem in that 1 in 5 readers of this article probably already suffer neck pain. It is reported that everyone will have neck pain at some point over their lifetime. There are three main types of neck pain:

  • Mechanical neck pain: this is the most common type and occurs when movement or sustained postures strain the neck causing pain in the discs, tendons, muscles and/or joints of the spine
  • Referred neck pain: this presents as headaches or pain in the arm, shoulder and mid back
  • Traumatic neck pain: this occurs following an accident

Can physiotherapy help people with neck pain?

Yes. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for neck pain and prevention of reoccurring neck pain. A physiotherapist will carryout a thorough assessment to determine the cause of your neck pain and provide the most effective treatment.

What are the common causes of neck pain?

  • Whiplash

  • Muscle strain

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Herniated disc

  • Cervical spondylosis

  • Cervical spinal canal stenosis

  • Poor posture

What other symptoms accompany neck pain?

  • Muscle spasms

  • Muscle ache

  • Muscle tightness

  • Headache

  • Dizziness

  • Stiffness

  • Headaches

  • Reduced range of neck movement

  • Radiating pain to the arm and hand

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