Neck Pain Physiotherapy
Get Treatment for Neck Pain
Neck pain (also known as cervical spine pain) is a very common condition affecting us today, especially with the increased use of mobile devices that require us to look down for prolonged periods of time. At Graceville Physio, our physiotherapists are experts in back and neck pain treatment, diagnosis, and rehabilitation.
You can read on to find out about common causes of different types of neck pain, conditions affected by stiff neck and shoulder muscles as well as simple exercises you can do to effectively treat most cases of neck pain.
If you’d like to seek further treatment and pain relief for chronic conditions, you can also call our clinic in Brisbane to speak with one of our physiotherapists on (07) 3278 1186 or you can make a booking online.
While pains in the neck region are commonly associated with dull aching, there are instances where pain is worsened or sharpened when the head is turned quickly or too far in one direction. Stiffness at the base of the skull and tension in the shoulders, upper back or arms are also related to neck pain.
Types of neck pain: Symptoms and causes
The neck and lower back tend to be the areas in which we experience the most pain because of the high amounts of movement and stress they endure each day. Pain in these areas can often be linked if the muscle structures supporting your spinal column from head to sacrum is affected by injury or if it is out of alignment for whatever reason. In our practice, all of our physiotherapists will do a full body evaluation as pain does not always originate from where you feel the symptoms.
Other conditions which may spur on neck pain include:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Neck injury (such as muscle strain, whiplash, herniated disc or pinched nerve)
- Wry neck (may include a painfully twisted or tilted neck. May also include muscle spasms in affected region)
- Tension headaches (can go both ways with chronic neck pain leading to headaches and migraines)
- Neck pain can be a symptom of some infections and diseases (such as meningitis)
- Tooth grinding or toothaches
- Clenched jaw or unusual amounts of jaw action
- Lifestyle factors (see below)
- Chronic lower back pain
- Weak postural muscles supporting core and spine
- Musculoskeletal conditions affecting the muscles of the neck or upper back (such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica)
- Unsupported neck position during sleep
Pain associated with nerve damage or pinching feels different to pain associated with the musculoskeletal structure. Any burning, tingling or numb sensations in the neck are most likely related to a pinched nerve or damaged nerve pathways. These sensations can also commonly travel down one side of the neck, shoulder and arm.
You can also check out this article for more reasons why we tend to get back or neck pain.