Common causes of neck pain include trauma, poor posture, and degenerative diseases (i.e. arthritis). Mechanical neck pain is the most prevalent form of neck pain – this is seen in cases where movement or sustained positions strain structures in the neck, such as the tendons, muscles, discs, and/or joints.
For the majority of neck pain cases, treatment is conservative. Your physiotherapist will thoroughly assess you to discern the cause of the neck pain such that we can find the most effective form of treatment.
Research has showed that a multi-faceted approach to neck pain treatment is the most effective.
Treatments may involve:
- Soft tissue release, trigger point therapy, and dry needling/acupuncture to reduce muscular spasm and inflammation, and relieve pain.
- Spinal mobilisations to improve mobility of joints in your neck.
- Ergonomic advice.
- Training in posture, movement mechanics, and strengthening. Perhaps considered to be one of the most important parts of your journey to recovery; a graded exercise programme will ensure proper strengthening and postural awareness to prevent the likelihood of re-injury.