What is neck pain?
Neck pain is very common and in most cases it is not a serious problem. Generally targeted physiotherapy can diagnose and therefore help improve your neck pain.
The neck is formed by 7 bones called the cervical vertebrae. These bones together with the muscles of the neck allow you to move your head in all directions. Between the bones there is an intervertebral disc which act as shock absorbers. The spinal cord that runs down your spine branches of nerve routes which are responsible for allowing movement of your arms and hands. This also sends sensations back to the brain such as pain and touch which is why sometimes neck pain can cause symptoms to run into the hand and arm.
What causes neck pain?
This is essentially Osteoarthritis of the spine which is common especially as we age. It is important to keep your neck moving and not to stiffen up if this is the case.
- Poor posture
- Tension stress can cause us to have painful headaches
- Cervical Disc Degeneration
The disc acts as a shock absorber between the bones in the neck. In cervical disc degeneration (which typically occurs in people age 40 years and older), the normal gelatin-like centre of the disc loses water content and height causing the space between the vertebrae to narrow. As the disc space narrows, added stress is applied to the joints of the spine causing further wear and degenerative disease. The cervical disc may also protrude and put pressure on the spinal cord or nerve roots. This is known as a herniated cervical disc
How can physiotherapy help?
- Home exercises
- Joint mobilisations
- Soft tissue massage.
Neck pain can be very debilitating and can affect every aspect of your life. Our experienced physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment; discuss with you their findings and put together an individual treatment plan.