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Neck pain

Neck pain is a common problem seen at the Hyndland Physiotherapy Clinic. Pain in the neck can be due to injury, a mechanical or muscular problem, a trapped nerve caused by a bulge in one of the discs between the vertebrae or from arthritis of the neck.

It is a common symptom of bad postural practice. Good posture allows the optimum distribution of force through the body so the musculoskeletal system can function properly and protect against injury and deterioration. If the spine is not held straight, the internal organs are crowded into less space, which can reduce their effectiveness. Sit in a bad position at your office computer, for example, and you could find yourself with stress headaches, tensed shoulders and lower back pain.

Whiplash is common in people who have road traffic accidents. Whiplash occurs when the soft tissue in the spine is stretched and strained after the body is thrown in a sudden, forceful jerk. The injury most commonly occurs in car crashes involving sudden deceleration, but the injury can also occur in other strenuous physical activities such as diving. The most frequent complaints are headaches and stiffness in the neck and the back of the head.
Referred shoulder pain can be associated with neck problems or associated spasm in neck injuries. Sometimes neck pain may be caused by the general ‘wear and tear’ that occurs on the joints and bones in your neck. This is called cervical spondylosis, and is a type of arthritis. It is important to note that cervical spondylosis happens naturally as people get older. But for an unfortunate few people, the bone changes can cause stiffness in the neck and can sometimes squash the nearby nerves, leading to pain that radiates from the arms, pins and needles and numbness in the hands and legs.

Neck pain is a common condition and is more frequently seen in women than men and most people will experience pain in the neck at some point in their life. Physiotherapy treatment and management advice are available from our experienced therapists at the Hyndland Clinic.