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  • E-Young Khoo

Neck pain: How physiotherapy can take your recovery to the ‘Necks’ level

Neck pain is a common condition that affects millions of people each year. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including injury, poor posture, and underlying medical conditions such as arthritis or herniated discs.

The symptoms of neck pain can vary, but may include:

  • Pain or discomfort in the neck, shoulders, or upper back

  • Stiffness or decreased range of motion in the neck

  • Tingling or numbness in the arms or hands

Neck pain can range from mild to severe and can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life.

Treatment for neck pain typically involves a combination of self-care, physiotherapy, and, in some cases, medication. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to alleviate pain and restore movement.

Physiotherapy is an important component of the treatment for neck pain. Our physiotherapists can help to:

  • Reduce pain and inflammation through the use of heat and cold therapy

  • Improve range of motion through gentle stretching and exercises

  • Strengthen the muscles supporting the neck to improve stability

  • Teach the patient proper posture and body mechanics to reduce the risk of reinjury

One of the key goals of physiotherapy for neck pain is to restore normal range of motion to the neck. This is typically accomplished through a series of gentle exercises and stretches that gradually increase in intensity. Our physiotherapists may also use manual therapy techniques, such as massage and joint mobilisation, to help improve mobility and reduce pain.

As the patient's range of motion improves, our therapists will focus on strengthening the muscles supporting the neck. This is important to help maintain stability and reduce the risk of reinjury. Our physiotherapists may also teach the patient exercises to perform at home to continue the progress made during therapy sessions.

In addition to physiotherapy, self-care is also important for the treatment of neck pain. This may include:

  • Maintaining proper posture, especially when sitting or working at a desk

  • Staying active and engaging in regular exercise

  • Practising stress-reducing activities, such as yoga or meditation

  • Using a supportive pillow when sleeping to maintain proper neck alignment

It is important to note that the treatment for neck pain can take several weeks to several months to complete, depending on the severity of the condition. However, with the right treatment and support, most people are able to reduce their pain and improve their neck function.

Neck pain can have a significant impact on a person's quality of life, but with the right treatment and support, it is possible to reduce pain and improve function. Physiotherapy is a crucial component of the treatment for neck pain and can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and strengthen the muscles supporting the neck. If you are experiencing symptoms of neck pain, it is important to seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan. To get started on a personalised treatment plan, contact us to book a consult today!

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