Approximately two-thirds of people will suffer from neck pain in their lifetime, and it is thought that at any one time, 20% of people will be suffering from neck pain. Neck pain is the second most common reason people visit a physiotherapist or chiropractor, after back pain.
Postural pain or Stiffness
This type of pain is often chronic or recurrent, and may also be described as non-specific mechanical neck pain. People also describe it as 'muscular' pain. There are many things that can lead to this type of pain, such as posture, shoulder stability, ergonomics in the work place, repetitive tasks, sport and exercise. Management of this condition requires treatment to reduce the pain, as well as exercises, postural training and education to improve your sensorimotor control and prevent recurring episodes.
Facet Joint Sprain
Pain due to facet joints often comes on suddenly after a simple movement, and often has associated muscle spasm. Our treatment will aim to settle the initial inflammatory reaction, and get you back moving normally as soon as possible.
Whiplash associated disorder describes an injury to the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints of the neck following an incident where the head moves into extremes of flex, extension, and lateral flexion. This is often the result of a motor vehicle accident or fall. Rehabilitation is important to reduce the chance of ongoing pain following this type of injury
Osteoarthritis Associated Stiffness and Pain
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative change, involves normal age related change to our joints. However this process can be accelerated at the sites of previous injury, or in areas exposed to increased loads due to occupation or lifestyle factors, as well as genetics. While change that has already occurred cannot be reversed, many people manage to remain pain free, and maintain a functional range of motion with simple exercises and occasional treatment.