Causes and Treatment for Neck Pain
Neck pain is common, affecting up to 70% of us at some stage of our lives. The good news is that our Perth physios commonly resolve neck pain with gentle hands-on treatment and exercises. Even those suffering from long-standing neck pain can benefit from My Physio Perth’s chronic pain management strategies.
Causes of Neck Pain
Poor Posture / Ergonomic Setup
The most common cause of neck pain is poor posture when using computers and other devices. The human head weighs 5Kg on average so the typical ‘head forward posture’ results in significant stress on the neck muscles.
Discover ‘5 Simple Fixes for Neck Pain’ to improve your posture.
Your sleeping position and choice of pillow may cause significant neck pain. For example, lying on your stomach requires full rotation of your neck leading to a combination of compression and stretching forces on your neck muscles and joints.
Learn more on ‘Sleeping Posture and Pillows’ to correct your sleeping position.
Depression / Stress / Anxiety
Mental health is one of the leading causes of neck pain and back pain among the general population. Depression, stress and anxiety also lead to poor sleep quality, which further exacerbates neck pain.
Age / Degeneration
It may not be surprising that age and degeneration lead to a higher prevalence of neck pain. It’s important to remember that keeping fit and healthy is the most effective way of managing degenerative conditions that lead to neck pain.
Sports Injuries and Whiplash
Soft tissue sprains and strains can result from the impact forces associated with collisions in sport and motor vehicle accidents. Our Perth physios should assess these injuries as soon as possible.
Signs of Neck Pain To Watch Out For
The majority of neck pain is the result of minor sprains, strains or inflammation. These will settle with time and gentle physio treatment. However, the following are signs that you should be aware of:
- Severe neck pain
- Severe headache
- First-time headache
- Referred pain in the arm
- Pins and needles or numbness in the arm
- Loss of muscle strength in the arm
If you have any of the above symptoms, ensure you contact My Physio Perth or your doctor for immediate assessment.
Mild Treatment Methods for Neck Pain
If the self-treatment methods mentioned earlier in this blog are unsuccessful, our Perth physios have a range of mild treatment methods for neck pain that are sure to help. These treatment techniques include: