Want More Information About Your Neck Pain?
Neck Pain Statistics:
The chance that you will have neck pain at some point over your lifetime is nearly 50% (1)
The majority of people, an acute episode of pain will resolve in approximately 6-8 weeks with conservative management. Chronic pain can persist in 10-34% of people (2, 3)
A Wryneck or acute Torticolis will almost always fully resolve with treatment. That is no long term problems.
In rare cases, neck pain can be a sign or related to a serious medical condition. Such as Brain Haemorrhage, Heart attacks or Meningitis. Just another reason we take the time to fully investigate your condition.
Where Can My Neck Pain Be Coming From?
First, we need to understand that our neck is a highly mobile area, and hence can be very susceptible to injury. Some of the more common structures in your neck that can cause your pain are:
- The small joints in your neck known as “Facet joints”
- The spinal muscles that support and move our neck.
- Nerves and Discs in our neck.
- Referred pain from the upper back or shoulder complex.
The above is by no means a full list, but are, what we see as the most common area’s that cause neck pain. We also add in trauma – like a car accident which can result in Whiplash. This is a more serious cause and can result in damage to all of the above structures.
What Can Contribute To My Neck Pain?
In short, it can be a multiple of different things. As Osteopaths we like to look at you from a holistic point. This means we look at all aspects of your life that may be contributing to your neck pain: these may include:
- Your posture at work, car or couch.
- Time spent on a device.
- Your Pillow and Mattress.
- The technique with lifting weights, or even your children!
- Hydration Level
- Activity level.
These aspects of your life can all lead to you developing sudden acute neck pain. Its rarely only 1 aspect, But rather a combination. Taking a holistic approach, our Osteopaths can get to the root cause of your pain.
What Can I Do To Help Myself?
- Ensuring your workstation is ergonomically set up for you. ( Feel free to email us and we can send you a very informative flyer which outlines exactly how to do this)
- Make sure your pillow is providing you with the correct support.
- Aim to drink around 2L of water per day.
- Always lift weights and your children with correct lifting technique.
- Stretch. As per the video below here are 2 great stretches you can do easily while seated at your desk or at home.
How Long Will My Neck Pain Last?
This is the multi-million dollar question everyone asks! The answer. Everyone is different. and everyone heals at different rates. In our experience a combination of :
- Hands-on Osteopathic techniques
- Soft Tissue massage
- Gentle Joint Mobilisation and Manipulation
- Supportive Tape and Stability exercises
We often see our patients feel much better within 5-7 days. Once you are moving better and experiencing less pain, we can start to develop long-lasting strategies. Strategies such as strengthening exercises and postural awareness exercises to help reduce the likelihood of a re-occurrence.
- The Burden and Determinants of Neck Pain in the General Population: Results of the Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. Eur Spine J. 2008 April; 17(Suppl 1): 39–51
- . P. D. Aker, A. R. Gross, C. H. Goldsmith, and P. Peloso. Conservative management of mechanical neck pain: systematic overview and meta-analysis. BMJ. 1996 November 23; 313(7068): 1291–1296. 4. Mehanical Neck Pain and Cervicogenic Headache. Neurosurgery 2007: 60:S1-21–S1-27
The Osteopath’s at Equilibrium Sports and Spinal Clinic in Glen Iris are highly trained to identify the main cause of your back pain and implement a specific and effective treatment programme to get you back on your feet quicker. Simply call (03) 9822 1900 or click here to book an appointment.