Postural strain and trauma are the main causes of neck pain. A physiotherapist will be able to diagnose the cause of your neck pain and design an appropriate management plan to treat you neck.
Your neck comprises of structures such as muscles, ligaments, joints and discs which provide structural support and allow for movement of the head.
Neck injuries can be classified into two distinct categories:
- traumatic injuries
- overload injuries.
Traumatic injuries occur during forceful acceleration/deceleration of the head whereby the neck is suddenly thrown forward and backwards. This is known as ‘whiplash’ and is commonly seen during motor vehicle accidents and sporting activities. Damage to the neck structures can result.
Overload injuries result from poor posture whereby the muscles, ligaments and discs are put under constant load resulting in injury to these structures. This type of injuries is common amongst those who sit for prolonged periods such as office workers and students as well as in occupations that involve prolonged driving.
Common injuries of the neck include: muscle strains, ligament sprains, disc bulges, nerve root impingement and degenerative arthritis.
Steps to manage neck overload injuries:
Break up your activity if you have been sitting or standing for more than an hour.
Check that your workstation is set up appropriately
Try gentle stretching movements of your neck.
If your neck symptoms still persist or you have suffered a traumatic injury of the neck consult your physiotherapist for an assessment and management plan.
Essendon Physio Group will be able to diagnose, treat as well as advise you on strategies to prevent neck pain and injury.
If you are suffering from neck pain call Essendon Physio Group on (03) 9351 0677