Neck Pain Can Be A Debilitating Problem
Your neck is an intricate structure made up of the vertebrae and the joints and discs between them, as well as the muscles and ligaments that hold it all together.
Any one or more of these structures can be injured. You can strain or sprain ligaments or muscles with sudden, incorrect or repetitive movements. You can even sprain a disc producing a bulge that can irritate a nerve.
These neck injuries can bring about days of acute pain and swelling in the injured tissues, followed by slow healing and a gradual decrease in pain. The pain may be felt in the neck, head (as headaches), shoulder, or down the arm. It may possibly even be felt primarily in the shoulder, arm or hand with very little pain in the neck itself.
To ensure you receive the correct treatment for your neck pain, it’s crucial these signs & symptoms are differentiated from shoulder, arm or hand pathology- so a thorough Osteopathic assessment can be performed sooner rather than later, is always your best option.
Some Of The Causes:
- Degenerated or bulging discs
- Trauma such as a blow, fall or car accident
- Sleeping with poor neck support or sleeping on your stomach
- Postural strain (improper position when sitting, reading or working at a computer)
What Your Osteopath Can Do For Neck Pain
We can use hands-on treatments to help reduce neck pain, stiffness and discomfort, improve recovery time and promote blood flow and healing. We can also assess you to establish how our osteopaths can use strengthening exercises to decrease the likelihood of recurrence or the rate of recurrence in more chronic cases. We can also help you correct posture and improve nerve function if these are factors in your neck pain.