Tis' The Season To Be PAIN FREE... from NECK PAIN!!!

Tis' The Season To Be PAIN FREE... from NECK PAIN!!!

Neck pain affects most of us at some point in our lives. It can be a severe and extremely frustrating condition that without the right management can persist and limit everyday activities like driving or using a computer.

Neck pain can often present as a dull, heavy ache that can become sharp or 'catch' on turning the head (rotation) or looking up or down. Pain can be felt at the back or front of the neck, on either or both sides. Often it refers downwards along the muscles of the shoulder and to the upper back. Symptoms can be felt in the head (headaches/migraines) and the arms or hands presenting as pins and needles, numbness or altered sensation.

Neck pain can be caused by a variety of factors including osteoarthritis, trauma such as whiplash or sporting injury, irritation of one of the spinal nerves, muscular tightness or stress.

Neck pain may respond to conservative methods of treatment such as painkillers, heat packs and simple exercises (see link below). If symptoms do not improve Physiotherapy may be beneficial. Physiotherapy aims to reduce symptoms caused by musculoskeletal factors, restore mobility, strength and optimise function. Physiotherapists are able to treat neck pain in many different ways by using a variety of techniques to eliminate symptoms. Your physiotherapist will work with you to establish which treatment methods are the most appropriate for you as an individual. Treatments may include: manual therapy (mobilisation of the spinal joints to reduce stiffness, alleviate pain and restore mobility), acupuncture (used to ease pain and promote relaxation and wellbeing), retraining of specific muscle groups using specialist exercises to re-educate and strengthen your neck, shoulder and back muscles, nerve mobilisation techniques (gentle movements of the nerves to lessen pain, pins and needles and numbness) and electrotherapy modalities like ultrasound and TENS.

All of these options may be available to you within a private physiotherapy practice. Some treatment techniques are not suitable for certain people – your physiotherapist will discuss this with you during your initial appointment. It is possible to self-refer to private physiotherapy without having to see your GP first. Waiting times are usually short with appointments available within days of your request. Don’t allow pain to ruin the merriment of the coming season, seek help today!

 *Article Published: Wantage and Grove Review. November 2014. Issue No.483


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