Neck pain is a highly prevalent condition that leads to considerable pain, disability. Neck pain is most commonly caused by a muscle strain, whiplash injury, poor posture, or abnormal sleeping positions. Neck pain can also be caused due to cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical osteoarthritis, or a cervical herniated disc.
The pain associated with these conditions can range from moderate to severe, but physiotherapy can luckily help ease most (if not all) of the pain.
How will I be diagnosed?
If you’re experiencing neck pain, it can lead to a loss of productivity, and it is a common cause for disability. Because of this, it is important to seek the assistance of a medical professional immediately if you are suffering from neck pain. A physiotherapist/Chiropractor can examine your mobility, your strength and functional abilities.
How will physiotherapy relieve my pain?
Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for neck pain. The goals and expected outcomes of these treatments include:
Reduction of pain and stiffness. By using passive treatments such as manual therapy, your physiotherapist will help alleviate pain in the affected area and accelerate the healing process.
Development of strength. Your physiotherapist will create a specific exercise plan for your particular needs, which will aid in the strengthening of muscles in the affected area.
Improvement of range of motion. Your physiotherapist will implement flexibility exercises into your treatment plan, which will help increase the range of motion in your neck.
Prevention of further issues. By learning proper body mechanics, you can avoid future injuries and prevent pain from recurring.
Improvement of overall quality of life. Physiotherapy can help you return to your normal routine much quicker, allowing for an overall improvement in quality of life.
Your physiotherapy treatments may include ice and heat therapies, massage therapy, electrotherapy, LASER therapy, Shockwave therapy or ultrasound. These help in relieving pain, stiffness, and inflammation. Active physiotherapy treatments for back and neck pain may include any stretches and exercises that your physiotherapist deems fit for your specific condition. Active therapy helps to increase strength and flexibility, in addition to relieving pain in the spine and affected muscles.