Neck pain is a common problem and most cases are not caused by a serious problem.
What are the symptoms? Pain around the neck is the most obvious symptom but it can be referred into the shoulders, shoulder blade area or to the face and head - this can vary from an intermittent ache to a more severe sharp pain. Frequently joint stiffness and tense muscles limit the movement of your neck and headaches are a common result of longstanding neck irritation. If a cervical nerve is irritated in the neck area, you may feel pain and/or numbness/pins and needles in your arm and hand. Dizziness and feeling light headed can also be a symptom of neck strain.
(See Red Flag Section for further information on symptoms)
Why do I have back Neck Pain? The cause of this pain can be obvious like an accident, spondylosis (spinal arthritis) or more subtle when related to a repetitive task or prolonged positions. Also anxiety and stress can cause tension in neck and spinal muscles. Head and neck movements when eyesight is deteriorating or the wearing of varifocal glasses. These and many other stresses can affect all ages from young children to adults. The popularity of laptops, electronic gaming and texting has led to an increase in teenagers experiencing neck pain. Cervical joints that are already affected by wear and tear are particularly susceptible to strain.
Our Physiotherapists can help diagnose your symptoms and have you back on the road to recovery in no time
Red Flag Alert: What Symptoms may be Cause for Concern?
If you are unsure of concerned about your back pain then contact one of our Physiotherapists who can help diagnose your condition and put together a recovery plan with a specific exercise regime and personalised advice.
Neck Pain Explained
What to do About Neck Pain
First of all, don' t worry! For the vast majority of problems there is no special cause for concern other than treating the problem you are experiencing. Typically first stop is to book a session with your PFO physiotherapist who will make an assessment. We are formally trained in diagnosis which can, at times, uncover symptoms that need further investigation by your GP.
For example, you may experience:
If you have any of these symptoms you should seek an appointment with your GP as soon as possible