Neck pain is a common complaint, which usually goes away in a few days. While it can be extremely uncomfortable, neck pain is rarely a symptom of a more serious problem.
About two in three people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. The exact cause of the pain is often not known. However, many cases are due to minor strains or sprains to muscles in the neck.
You can normally treat neck pain at home with over the counter pain relief. You should stay active and try to continue with your normal everyday activities.
However, if your neck pain lasts more than a few days, you should seek advice from a health professional who is qualified to treat neck problems, such a chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist.
What can cause neck pain?
Pain is a protective warning signal projected from the brain and can be experienced in many different ways. Some of the most commonly perceived causes of neck pain are:
- Poor posture – for example, from sitting at a desk for a long time
- Stress – causing muscle tension in the neck and shoulders
- A trapped, compressed or irritated nerve
- The neck becoming locked in an awkward position while sleeping
- An injury – for example, whiplash due to a traffic accident or fall
- Disc degeneration or herniations (slipped disc)
- Illness and infection in the throat causing the lymph glands to swell and increase neck pain
- Exposure to cold – such as sleeping in a draught
- Repetitive strain, caused by overuse, such as looking down at a computer or phone screen for long periods.
However, sometimes there is no obvious reason why neck pain develops.
What are the symptoms of neck pain?
Neck pain symptoms may develop gradually or come on suddenly. Neck pain is a general discomfort and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. It can feel like a dull or sharp pain; and can spread as far as the shoulder and arm. The pain may be accompanied by a headache and a reduced ability to move your head.
How can neck pain be treated?
Our Physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Chiropractor at The Forge Clinic are highly trained in assessing, diagnosing and managing conditions of the neck and spine. They can also identify whether a referral or further investigation is needed.
The main aims of treatment are to:
- reduce the pain and stiffness
- encourage movement in your neck
- teach you how to manage and prevent future episodes of pain.
Treat your neck pain at The Forge Clinic, Richmond
Please note that our treatments do not replace medical advice and treatment. If you have any concerns, please see your GP first.