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Neck Pain

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common problem, affecting about two-thirds of all adults at some point in their lives. There are various treatments available, the most suitable treatment for you will depend on the cause of the pain and how severe it is. 


Neck pain can arise from many different sources around the neck including ligaments, facet joints, discs and nerves. Neck pain is often caused from prolonged postures of your head (as it is heavy) and places excessive load on these soft tissues as they try to support you in your daily tasks. Neck pain can give rise to pain in the shoulder blades or down the arms and requires specific assessment to identify the cause. Your practitioner at The Sports Injury Clinic will perform specific tests to assess the degree and type of neck pain you are experiencing and will explain time frames for recovery.

How long will it last?

With early intervention from the practitioners at The Sports Injury Clinic and a specific treatment plan, most cases of neck pain resolve within six weeks to three months. 

Symptoms

The symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Stiffness or difficulty to turn your head.
  • Pain if you read or look down for long periods of time.
  • Headaches, shoulder blade pain.
  • Dizziness or short term visual disturbance.

Suggestions for managing Neck Pain

  • In the acute phase, rest from aggravating activity (no prolonged postures with head forward or turning).
  • Taping from your physiotherapist to improve your spine's posture in the early stage. Learn correct posture of how to unload your neck.
  • Placing a lumbar roll behind your back while sitting (lengthways or across your spine to assist in straightening your neck).
  • Gentle exercises to strengthen your neck and improve your necks posture.
  • If you have injured your neck at work or in sport our practitioners have approved conditioning programs that will get you back on track sooner with your tailored exercise plan. Your treating practitioner may recommend Massage Therapy to assist in the management of your neck pain.
  • Your practitioner may refer you to a Sports Physician for further investigations if your neck pain does not respond in our suggested time frames.

Professional treatment options

Contact us now for immediate advice regarding neck pain.