Neck Pain is a prevalent issue affecting the musculoskeletal system, characterised by discomfort, pain, or stiffness in the neck area. Its intensity, location, and duration can vary, and it ranks among the leading causes of disability and absenteeism from work on a global scale. Statistics show that approximately 10-20% of the population will experience neck pain at some point in their lives, making it a widespread health concern.
The most common causes of neck pain include:
- Muscle Strains/Spasm
- Nerve Tension
- Nerve Root Compression
- Postural Syndrome
- Herniated or Bulging Discs
- Osteoarthritis (Spondylosis)
- Spinal Stenosis
Diagnosing neck pain involves comprehensive movement tests and assessments to identify dysfunctions and impairments contributing to pain and limitations. Movement Therapists use a standardised screening tool to distinguish between mobility and stability issues. They also examine functional movement patterns looking for asymmetries, and compensations. These findings all assist in tailing their personalised treatment plan.
Your treatment plan begins with educating you about your diagnosis and prognosis, empowering you with knowledge. The practitioner will offer advice on pain management strategies and activity modifications, which will be adjusted as you make progress. Hands-on treatments like soft tissue massage and joint mobilisations will be utilised to enhance your pain relief, mobility, and body awareness.
In addition, specific exercises will be prescribed to address movement dysfunctions, helping you work on these impairments. The focus is on reinforcing and strengthening healthy movement patterns, promoting long-term comfort and improved well-being.