Neck Pain Diagnosis and Neck Treatment
Despite the neck’s strength, its function and flexibility make it vulnerable to injury or strain. Stress on the cervical spine can lead to acute neck pain or long-term, chronic neck pain involving the soft tissue, joints, and discs. Often, neck and shoulder pain accompany one another and can even impair functioning of the arms and hands.
Neck problems can range from an uncomfortable stiff neck, to neck sprain, to more serious conditions of whiplash or herniated discs. Many patients believe that a sore neck will resolve itself in time, but proper diagnosis and treatment are key to neck pain relief and a full recovery. As a leading specialist, Ravinderjeet Sran, Registered Physiotherapist, can expertly determine the cause of your neck pain and apply a custom blend of physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care to speed your recovery and improve neck function.
Neck Pain Symptoms
Like back pain, neck pain can be sharp and shooting or dull and achy. Stiffness and reduced flexibility are common with neck problems, as is limited range of motion that may prevent you from fully turning or tilting your head or lowering your chin to your chest. Pain or numbness may also radiate to the shoulders and arms as a shooting pain, and could even cause weakening or impair fine motor skills.
Common Neck Injuries and Neck Problems
At Care Plus Physiotherapy, we specialize in improving spinal function by treating and correcting neck problems involving soft tissue strain or damage. Most neck conditions are temporary, though some require longer-term treatment.
Arthritis and osteoarthritis
Cervical degenerative disc disease
Cervical herniated disc
Cervical Radiculopathy or nerve compression
Cervical sprain or strain
Muscle strain or neck sprain
Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS)
Whiplash or Whiplash-Associated Disorders
What Causes Neck Pain?
Sports injury, overuse injury, and general wear and tear can all aggravate or disrupt proper neck function. Strenuous or repetitive activity, physical labor, improper sleep support, and medical conditions or disease can all lead to neck problems, reduced mobility, and pain. One of the most common causes of neck pain is Upper Cross Syndrome, or Upper Crossed Syndrome. As the result of poor posture, ergonomics, or structural imbalances, this syndrome is common in students or office workers who spend long periods of time sitting while leaning or hunching forward. It also occurs frequently in the elderly. A person with this condition often looks as if the head is forward of the shoulders and body. Misalignments in the neck create joint dysfunction and an imbalance in the strength and length of posterior and anterior neck muscles. Our Physiotherapist and Chiropractor are highly skilled in restoring spinal alignment and relieving neck pain by correcting biomechanical abnormalities.
Treating Neck Pain and Neck Injury
Our Physiotherapist and/or chiropractor will carefully evaluate your total spine function and assess posture, range of motion, and the location and degree of your pain. They will also consider the impact on your shoulders, back, and arms. As the sports-focused practitioners, their goal is to optimize your spinal stability and improve functioning with a customized treatment plan. With a conservative, non-surgical, and drug-free approach, we specialize in integrating the best and most appropriate therapies for your neck recovery needs.
Preventing Neck Pain and Neck Injury
Maintain proper posture; focus on head and shoulder alignment whenever possible
Stay active with regular exercise
Take frequent breaks from your desk or other repetitive activity for stretching
Use stretching and other stress reducers to relieve tension
Establish an ergonomic workstation by adjusting chair height and computer position
Avoid cradling the phone between your head and shoulder
Improve sleep support and positioning with the right mattress and pillow