What Causes Neck Pain?

One of the most common causes of neck or cervical spine pain is poor posture.  A forward head position sustained for long periods results in excessive stress and strain on the muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves and discs of your cervical spine, causing irritation, pain and dysfunction. Neck pain may also result from holding neck, upper back and shoulder muscles tensely due to the stress of daily life.  Other causes of neck pain include sports injuries, whiplash and arthritic conditions.

Signs and symptoms that may be related to neck pain:

  • Pain and stiffness in the neck or cervical spine
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder blade pain and pain radiating down the arm
  • Pins & needles and tingling in the hands/fingers
  • Chronic aching of neck and shoulder muscles
  • Jaw pain
  • Upper back/Thoracic spine pain

Treatment of Neck Pain

Step 1: Initial Assessment

Our Physiotherapists specialise in assessing and treating all forms of common neck pain. Initial assessment will include a thorough history and objective examination. This may include both an orthopaedic and neurological assessment, and will take into account any lifestyle factors that may be contributing to your signs and symptoms such as work stress and office/desk set up.

Step 2: Tailored Treatment

Following the assessment, your Physiotherapist will recommend a specific course of treatment tailored to your individual needs. This will initially include a hands-on manual therapy approach to reduce any acute pain and to restore movement and function, and then will likely involve an exercise program to maintain gains, improve neck posture, and prevent future pain and dysfunction.

Treatment will most likely consist of:

  • Manual therapy to the cervical spine, including the use of joint mobilisations and soft tissue massage
  • Specific strength and motor control exercises for the cervical spine muscles
  • The integration of functional strength exercises for the upper body
  • Proprioceptive and sensori-motor control exercises when appropriate
  • Postural correction and ergonomic advice

Capital Clinic Physiotherapy is also a leading provider in workplace assessment services. Please contact the clinic if you wish to find out more.

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Appointments are available in our two Canberra City locations. Call or book online.

Bookings can also be made with our physiotherapists in Deakin by calling ACT Pain Centre.

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