Neck pain is a common reason people visit their doctor. Neck pain typically doesn't start from a single injury. Instead, the problem usually develops over time from the stress and strain of daily activities. Eventually, the parts of the spine begin to degenerate. The degeneration or disc herniation can become a source of neck pain.
There are many causes of neck pain. Most neck problems happen after years of wear and tear on the parts of the cervical spine. At first these small injuries are not painful. But over time they can add up. As the degeneration and subluxation continues, bone spurs develop in the joint. These bone spurs can cause problems by pressing on the nerves of the spine. This pressure around the irritated nerve roots can cause pain, numbness, and weakness in the neck, arms, and hands.
Another reason for people experience neck pain is muscle strain. The muscles have been pulled or injured may cause neck pain due to repetitive motion of neck muscles. Other than that, the problem may be coming from irritation or injury in other spine tissues, such as the disc or ligaments. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm and patient might feel pain and sore in these areas.
Symptoms from neck problems vary. They depend on your condition and which neck structures are affected. Some of the more common symptoms of neck problems are:
First we will examine the posture and alignment of your neck, shoulders, and upper back as well as check your neck and associated muscle flexibility and strength. Our physiotherapist will feel your neck to determine if the joints in your neck are stiff or loose and to determine which areas around your neck, shoulders, face and scalp are tender or painful. Then we will teach you a correct posture to stand and sit and ensure you are aware of the posturing positions that may contribute to your headache pain or related symptoms. In some cases modalities such as ice, heat, ultrasound, traction may be used to ease your neck pain or other related symptoms. If your pain is severe, we may recommend a soft neck collar to keep your neck still for short periods of time. Resting the muscles and joints can help calm pain, inflammation, and muscle spasm.
This gentle stretch targets the sides of your neck.
This standing stretch can be done anywhere, and will offer a deep stretch in the sides of your neck.