Neck Pain


Expert Spinal Physiotherapy Melbourne

Common types of neck pain include:

  • Acute Neck Pain

  • Locked facet joint

  • Wry neck

  • Whiplash

  • Cervical Radiculopathy including pins & needles radiating into the arm(s)

  • Disc prolapse/bulge

  • Pinched nerve root

  • Chronic Neck pain & osteoarthritis

Acute neck pain is often described as an ache when the head is still. The movements of the neck are frequently reduced and in some circumstances, a sharp pain may be felt with certain movements such as turning quickly or looking up. 

There may be a specific incident that causes acute neck pain. It may come on suddenly from a trivial incident, such as a quick turn of the neck or sleeping in an awkward position. Sometimes the neck feels as though it is ’stuck’. On the other hand, there may be a more substantial injury such as hitting the head and bending the neck on the side of a pool or in a fall from a bike. In many other cases, the pain comes on gradually over hours or days, and is often related to unfamiliar activity, for instance, after painting ceilings all weekend or working in a poor or awkward posture. 

As a result of the incident or unfamiliar activity, the joints and ligaments of neck may become strained and painful. The muscles usually react to limit movement and they too may become painful. Acute neck pain can range in intensity from mild to moderate severity, and is usually made worse by head and neck movements. The neck is usually tender to touch and sleeping may be uncomfortable. 

Assessment for acute joint sprain in neck pain.

Assessment for acute joint sprain in neck pain.

Cervical radiculopathy occurs when the nerve is irritated or compressed (pinched) as it passes through the tunnel on its path to the arm. When a nerve is truly pinched, there may be pain in the neck and shoulder region, but the worst pain is commonly felt in the arm. It is also common to feel sensations of pins and needles in the fingers or parts of the arm. Symptoms are often quite severe and it can be difficult to find positions of relief.

Our team of experts here at KRP make the diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy by considering the nature of the pain and other symptoms, as well as an examination of the neck and neurological examination, which involves testing of reflexes, muscle strength and sensation in the arm. If we think it’s indicated, an X-ray, CT scan or MRI may help confirm the clinical diagnosis. 

Cervical radiculopathy is a very unpleasant condition and conservative management methods used by the team here at KRP can help progressively ease symptoms and get you functioning at 100%. 

Assessment of cervical range of motion for chronic neck pain.

Assessment of cervical range of motion for chronic neck pain.

Chronic neck pain is normally associated with osteoarthritis in the neck. Osteoarthritis can occur in any age group, but is more common in the middle-aged to older population. Arthritis may be secondary to injury or over-loading of the neck, but it also appears that some people have a genetic predisposition.

The team here at KRP will undertake a comprehensive clinical examination to analyse postures and tasks that aggravate your neck pain, and any other symptoms, such as light-headedness or unsteadiness associated with the neck. Further, a series of physical tests will determine how the neck pain disorder is affecting the movement and muscle function of the neck region.

Treatment here at KRP for any type neck pain uses a multimodal approach including advice about aggravating factors, manual therapy, exercise and self management strategies to prevent the recurrence of your neck pain. In fact, we treat necks so often here at KRP, we’ve dedicated a post to neck pain ‘How to Treat That Pain in the Neck’, in our Blog.

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