Neck pain can be particularly debilitating and worrying. It’s difficult to rest your neck when it’s painful and, because there are lots of nerves coming from your neck into your upper back and arms, it’s a very sensitive area of the body. Sometimes, as with back pain, a neck issue can cause shooting pain or numbness into your arms. This is known as radiculopathy and is diagnosed with a thorough physical examination by an experienced physiotherapist. Structurally, the neck is made up of joints, discs, lots of muscles, nerves and blood vessels. All and any of which can become painful for a number of reasons. It’s important to ascertain the root cause of your pain in the first instance, preferably early in the injury process so that we can help to control your symptoms. This enable you to function better while your neck recovers. During which time, it’s vital that you work to condition the muscles and joints in your neck to make sure you aren’t left with a stiff, weak neck when your symptoms finally resolve.
When you come to see us for neck pain, we will firstly sit down to discuss your symptoms and give you an opportunity to tell us what you’ve been through. Then we’ll carry out a thorough assessment to get to the root cause of your symptoms, before treating you to provide you with some relief. Then we’ll devise a tailored rehabilitation plan to help you get back to your normal self.