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Neck Physiotherapy

The neck is a complex structure that links our head and body. The neck contains a complex network of nerves, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Because the neck contains so many structures and has such a large range of motion, it can be prone to injury. The neck muscles are constantly working to hold the weight of the head. Due to high use, the neck can often become a stress-point.

Neck injuries are a common problem, two-thirds of the population will have neck pain at some point in their lives.

What is the function of the neck?

  1. Allowing movement of the head
  2. Protecting vital structures of the nervous and circulatory system

Neck anatomy

The cervical (neck) vertebrae are specially designed to enable the large ranges of movement required by the neck.

The first two vertebrae, C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis), allow the skull to twist on the spine, and some slight nodding movement.

The following vertebrae, C3-C7 allow the neck to bend forward and backward, letting you look down or up.

The movements of the neck are carried out by a large number muscles. Many small ligaments also help to stabilise the joints between each vertebrae

In between each vertebrae, a pair of nerves exit the spinal cord and travel down the neck towards the shoulder. There are also several large blood vessels carrying blood to and from the head and brain.

 

Symptoms of neck pain

Because of the large amount of structures in the neck, symptoms can vary widely. Some of the most common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Pain spreading into the shoulder, arm, hand, or in between the shoulder blades
  • Numbness or tingling in the arm and hand
  • Decreased range of motion in the neck and shoulders
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness

 

Common causes of neck pain

  • Stress
  • Prolonged postures: eg. using a computer or falling asleep in an awkward position, holding a child
  • Muscular strains, overuse, or deconditioning
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Pinched nerves
  • Injuries to intervertebral discs
  • Degeneration
  • Abnormalities in the muscle, bone, nervous, or circulatory structure of the neck
  • Wry Neck
  • Concussion

 

Do I need an X-Ray or Scan?

It can be difficult to identify the precise source of neck pain even after scans. Often findings on a scan do not agree with symptoms you are feeling. For example, some people may have degenerative changes on X-Rays, but have no pain.

Scans may be necessary following traumatic accidents to exclude severe injuries. They may also be useful to monitor degeneration over long periods of time.

 

Can a physiotherapist help with neck pain?

Yes!

You don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physiotherapist for your neck pain. The physiotherapists at Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy will carry out a thorough assessment to correctly identify the source of your pain, discomfort, or limited mobility. We can then implement effective treatment and get you on the road to recovery.

Treatment may include:

  • Soft tissue and trigger point massage
  • Mobilisation or manipulation of the joints.
  • Individualised exercise program to promote strength and flexibility
  • Relaxation therapy
  • Postural correction

 

To book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists call 07 3352 5116 or click here.


Physiotherapy helps with your pain.

Whatever joint is in pain, our Brisbane physio specialists can help. We can apply trusted physio techniques to ease the pain in the different areas and joints of your body.

If you have pain that started this morning or has been persisting, Pivotal Motion is your Brisbane Physiotherapy clinic.

Having surgery soon or have recently had surgery, Pivotal Motion is here for your prehab and rehab needs.

For our weekend warriors, if the gardening got the best of you, don’t feel green come in and our physios will treat your pain.

Win or loss, injury or tune up, Pivotal Motion is your sports physio clinic of choice.  We have your back – pun intended.

If any of these body parts hurt, come see us at Pivotal Motion Physiotherapy and allow us to help you move better than before.

Physiotherapy is available on the first floor of the Newmarket Village Shopping Centre, Shop 213A 400 Newmarket Rd, Newmarket Queensland.

 
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