Neck pain can be due to a number of factors, and as with lower back pain, is a very common complaint. It is estimated that 22-70% of people will experience neck pain in their lifetime, with 10-20% experiencing an episode within the last 6 months.
The vast majority of neck complaints have a similar source of pain as that of lower back problems - joints/muscles/tendons/ligaments/spinal discs. In our experience, neck injuries do seem to cause higher levels of pain despite the injury not usually being severe.
You may also be more likely to have pain into an arm, or pins and needles in your hand. This is due to the proximity of the nerves to the site of injury in the spine, and pain can 'radiate' away from the source of the actual problem.
However, the good news is that in most cases, appropriate physiotherapy and self management will resolve your symptoms. Treatments involve manual therapy, massage, traction of the spine, acupuncture, advice & education, and home exercises.
In the few cases where physiotherapy wouldn't be indicated, you will be referred to your GP or to a specialist for further assessment.
Contact Us for further information on how we can help with neck pain.
*The information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice and we advise people to seek help for any complaint from one of our physiotherapists or other suitably qualified clinician.