About Neck Pain
Neck pain and discomfort is one the most common conditions seen in our clinics. Problems can vary from neck muscle strains, whiplash injuries, disc herniations and nerve issues.
What causes Neck Pain without Injury?
It is common for neck pain to present without an apparent injury, this can be due to:
- Bad posture
– Sitting in one position for a long period of time; for instance, sitting at a desk, looking down at a phone or reading a book can cause stiff neck or neck pain
- Sleeping in an awkward position or with pillows that do not support your neck
- Over exertion during exercise or work
- Boney spurs that develop from joint wear and tear over time
- Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis and cancer
Can Neck Pain or a Stiff Neck be a Sign of Something Serious?
In the majority of cases of neck pain the symptoms will usually resolve by itself.
However, we advise you to seek the help of our Osteopaths or Physiotherapists immediately if the pain:
- is severe
- has resulted from an accident or injury
- persists for days
- refers into the shoulder, arms or hand
- is accompanied with neurological symptoms such as neck pain headache, pins and needles, numbness or weakness
How can I relieve my Neck Pain?
The majority of neck pain is due to bad posture or degenerative wear and tear.
You can try to help to prevent neck pain by:
- Improving your posture during any activity. This can be done through increasing awareness of posture through exercises.
- If you are working for long periods of time whether it be on the computer, on the phone, drawing, reading, try taking regular breaks. If your work is sedentary, during a break get up and move around and stretch.
- Make sure that your workspace is correctly ergonomically set up.
- Avoid carrying heavy bags on your shoulders.
- Make sure that your sleep position is optimal, by keeping your neck in a neutral position on a pillow.
- Avoid wearing a neck collar. It is better to keep your neck moving, unless you have been told to wear one by your practitioner.