Neck Pain

Treatment for Neck Pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic (08) 9383 7883

Neck pain – A pain in the neck!

What are the causes?

Neck pain is a world-wide phenomenon, hurts a lot, costs a lot and interferes with routine daily living. For those who have experienced neck pain and for those that are lucky enough not to have, bear in mind that it needs a lot of complementary therapy.

Its triggering factors are many and its symptoms can range from a sense of minor discomfort to severe and debilitating. Neck pain has been linked with headaches for some. There need not be any warning before a bout of neck pain and it often begins after little or no activity, like after waking up in the morning.

Neck pain Physiotherapy management

Physiotherapy management of neck pain

Physiotherapy treatment for neck pain (08) 9383 7883

Our physiotherapists combine International knowledge learnt through co-management of neck and back pain with our sports injury clinics in Perth in London. Physiotherapy treatment for neck pain in our clinics in Wembley Perth WA and London UK combine techniques used by professionals including chiropractors, osteopaths and massage therapists for manual and manipulative therapy.

How does a neck get stiff?

Neck stiffness is usually accompanied by muscle spasm and restricted motion in neck movement patterns. However bad neck pain seems, despite its many causes and the inconvenience it has on those affected, neck pain is normally self limiting. If caught early by physiotherapy, the chances of neck pain flare-ups may be significantly reduced.

A notable concern for society is that many methods commonly employed by allied health professionals in the assessment of patients with neck pain demonstrate low reliability. So how health professionals come to a diagnosis for neck pain really depends on a whole assessment with many factors to help form a definitive diagnosis.

Physio for neck pain management

Management of neck pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Other factors that may contribute to the onset of neck pain

Poor Posture, shortened muscles due to strain and spasm, acute and chronic injury.

Factors that may influence recovery from neck pain

  • Cognitive
  • Behavioral
  • Psychological
  • Emotional

Social occupational (Level of job satisfaction, financial position, relationship/status/life position/stress)

Things to know about acute neck pain

Acute neck pain comes on quickly and is commonly due to one sparking factor like sleeping awkwardly or overstretching the neck, for example twisting to look over the shoulder for a blind spot when reversing a car.

Goals of physiotherapy for acute neck pain

The goals of physiotherapy in treatment for acute neck include limiting inflammation with appropriate ice packs every 20 minutes placed over the area affected wherever practical. By using ice packs within the first 72 hours following initial onset of neck pain, swelling can be reduced and can we move on to a stage of tissue repair. Physiotherapists and chiropractors can help with holistic, alternative methods of inflammatory reduction by using ice techniques in line with National First aid protocols. Physiotherapy and chiropractic intervention for generalized acute neck pain can reduce pain and improve recovery following acute muscle spasm and joint restriction.

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Chronic neck pain and inflammation

In chronic neck pain, repeated flare ups limit the chance for tissues to fully repair. Another factor may also be due to the fact that those affected may not have sought the right alternative therapy or intervention. Those with chronic neck pain may have both “good” and “bad” days where the level of discomfort ranges from debilitating to mild.

With chronic neck pain, “pain” may be “there” even while doing simple everyday activities like reading a newspaper or sitting in front of a desk. A problem with chronic neck pain is the real danger posed by fear-avoidance beliefs where natural movements are naturally avoided as the sufferer associates the activity with neck pain. In these instances, the body uses the most comfortable route to find a “non-painful” position. However in these instances, the least painful position is not necessarily the ideal or natural position of an otherwise healthy musculoskeletal system. Patients with chronic neck pain can develop bad posture, rounded shoulders and forward head carriage with accelerated degenerative processes earlier than others with better posture and better lifestyle habits.

What are the treatments for neck pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic?

Neck pain treatments including medication, alternative medicine, massage, chiropractic, Australian and International physiotherapy techniques vary and individuals receiving treatment respond in different ways. Alternatives to medication are generally preferred by many modern health conscious people in many non-comlplicated circumstances. For those searching for conservative and complementary health, examples include physiotherapists and chiropractors as they use natural means to reduce pain, swelling and joint dysfunction. While medication is often necessary and highly important it is usually quite natural for many to try finding a less “synthetic” solution to a potentially “resolveable” generalised musculoskeletal joint dysfunction.

Immobilisation of the affected painful area

In the first stages of any injury or acute flare up of a condition it is often best practice to follow the RICER/s principle and the National recommendations in the following 72 hours: Rest, ice, elevation, compression and referral are all important aspects of RICER in the first aid and in acute injury/trauma or flare up.

In the case of neck pain, different scenarios determine whether immediate treatment, immobilisation or an aid to protection from further damage is required. Neck braces, chiropractic pillows, specific physiotherapy and massage can potentially help provide support and limit progression of symptoms.

Treatment for neck pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic

Contact us at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic for help in managing your neck pain. We’re here to provide the best and most effective forms of physiotherapy in Perth for your condition. Rest assured our service comes fully rebateable with Hicaps and we are registered with DVA, ICWA and Medicare Enhanced Primary Care Plan’s.

Treatment for Neck Pain at Wembley Physiotherapy Clinic (08) 9383 7883

 

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