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Neck Pain Physiotherapy: Symptoms & Treatment

Neck pain is a common complaint among individuals of all ages and can have a significant impact on their daily activities. Physiotherapy interventions, such as manual therapy, exercise therapy, and patient education, have been found to be effective in reducing neck pain and improving function.

As with all injuries, this information is simply a guide, and it is always best to check in with a Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist to have a personalized assessment and hear recommendations for what you and your body may specifically need.

Neck pain is common because the part of the spine at the neck (Cervical Spine) is the most mobile of all the segments of the spine. Injuries in the neck can include muscle strains, ligament sprains, joint restrictions, herniated discs, arthritis and nerve compression. Pain in this area can occur through both chronic misuse/poor posture and acute traumatic injuries, such as whiplash. The symptoms tend to be pain in the neck region or headaches and can sometimes include numbness or tingling down the arm and into the hand. 

Causes Of Neck Pain

The causes of neck pain can be varied and complex. Spinal misalignment, poor posture and overuse injuries are the most common. In addition, a whiplash injury caused by sudden movement of the head can also cause neck pain. Muscle strain can be a result of lifting heavy objects or repetitive motions such as typing on a computer keyboard for long periods of time. Other possible causes include disc degeneration due to aging, arthritis, inflammation or infection of the cervical spine and nerve root impingement from herniated discs.

It is important to understand the cause of neck pain in order to properly treat it. An assessment by a physiotherapist or sports medicine doctor can help to identify the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Treatment may include manual therapy techniques such as manipulation, joint mobilization and massage; stretching exercises; strengthening exercises; therapeutic modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation or moist heat; and possibly referral to other health care professionals depending on the diagnosis and severity of symptoms.

Benefits Of Physiotherapy For Neck Pain

Physiotherapy is an effective and evidence-based treatment option for neck pain. It can help to reduce pain, restore mobility, and improve the function of the affected area. The following are the key benefits of physiotherapy for neck pain:

1. Neck Pain Relief: Physiotherapy can provide immediate relief from neck pain through manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue mobilization or joint manipulation. Other modalities such as ultrasound, massage, and heat may also be used to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

2. Physiotherapy Treatment: A physiotherapist will design a treatment plan tailored to the individual’s needs, taking into consideration the severity of their condition and any other factors that may be contributing to their neck pain. This plan may involve a combination of exercises to improve strength and flexibility in the affected area as well as lifestyle modifications to prevent future episodes of neck pain.

3. Reduce Neck Pain: Physiotherapy can help patients manage their ongoing neck pain by teaching them how to safely use posture and body mechanics while lifting objects or engaging in activities. Additionally, exercise programs can be implemented to strengthen the muscles that support the spine and cervical region, thereby reducing strain on these structures and promoting long-term rehabilitation.

4. Neck Muscle Strengthening & Improved Mobility: Physiotherapists can work with patients to develop specific strengthening exercises targeting areas around the neck that are weak or tight due to injury or age-related changes in posture or movement patterns. Strengthening these supportive muscles helps improve overall stability of the neck, reducing pain while also improving mobility and range of motion in this area.

In addition to these direct benefits, physiotherapy can also play a role in helping patients learn how to manage their own symptoms at home using self-care strategies such as stretching or ice/heat application when needed. With appropriate management, many individuals find they are able to effectively reduce their level of discomfort without resorting to more aggressive treatments such as surgery or medications with side effects which may prove undesirable over time.

Techniques Used In Physiotherapy For Neck Pain

Your Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist will offer a complete assessment to determine the nature and cause of the pain in your neck and/or head. They will then treat that cause using a combination of hands-on therapy techniques such as joint mobilization, soft tissue release and traction for the neck and upper back or shoulders, if they are involved. They will also prescribe a specialized exercise program for your specific needs including stretching, strengthening and self release techniques. Posture will generally be addressed, as it tends to be integral in achieving and maintaining a pain free neck.

Massage Therapy can also be helpful in neck pain. Our Registered Massage Therapists can help alleviate discomfort and restore normal range of motion in the neck by providing soft tissue release and stretching techniques for the neck and possibly even upper back.

Contact Us For Help

Inertia Physio+ offers Kanata and Stittsville exceptional Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy and Registered Massage Therapy with private treatment rooms, one on one care, a maximum of two patients per hour and treatment focused on the evidence-based practices of manual and exercise therapy. Don’t suffer any longer.  If you have pain or injury, our Kanata and Stittsville Physiotherapy, Athletic Therapy, and Registered Massage Therapy team is here to help you get back to living pain-free life and activities.  Please reach out to us at (613) 672-2200 or for an appointment today! You are also welcome to book online. We also offer direct billing on Physiotherapy and Massage Therapy services whenever your plan allows.

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