Neck injury or dysfunction can lead to symptoms that spread to other parts of your body. This means neck problems or pain can really impact your day-to-day life. The first step towards solving these issues is to find the cause of the pain, by examining whether the neck is degenerated in a certain area or if the neck structure is abnormal. This examination can also help us work out why previous treatments may not have worked.
Causes of Neck Pain
The most common causes of neck pain can be trauma or repetitive strain injury, although there can be a number of other factors, such as:
• Injury or trauma such as whiplash
• Bad Posture
• Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
• Disc problem or injury in the neck
• Facet joint syndrome
• Capsular Ligament instability
• Joint Pain
Symptoms of a Neck Injury
If you are having neck pain, you may be suffering from one of the conditions above. If that is the case, you may also find you have a number of other symptoms, including:
- A sore neck or neck ache, which may feel like pain, burning, tingling or pins-and-needles sensation. The intensity may be anywhere between the odd mild pain, to constant, severe neck pain
- Neck and shoulder pain, pain from the neck into the skull (headaches), or in areas of the body from the neck downwards
- Neck muscle pain
- Neck spasms
- Headaches or Migraines
- Poor posture
- Loss of Coordination
- Lower back problems
- Hearing disturbances such as tinnitus
Treatment for Neck Pain
We will give you a full examination to find the root cause of your neck pain. Then, you’ll be given a carefully considered recommendation as to which treatments at ProBack would suit your condition best, and how many treatment sessions we think you would need. Generally speaking, most neck problems can be treated with any one of the therapies we have to offer.
Shockwave therapy can be used, in some capacity, for most cases of neck pain. Shockwave allows us to physically be able to improve movement of the spine; which is an important step in trying to correct the problem in the long term. For patients who experience stiffness in the neck as a result of their condition, shockwave can help break down scar tissue and improve the movement of the neck. This treatment can be effective for conditions such as Facet Joint Syndrome or a slipped disc.
When neck pain is a direct result of a disc problem, spinal decompression can be the most appropriate form of treatment. Depending on the root cause, the treatment can be done either on the neck, or the lower back. Spinal decompression uses a small amount of your body weight to perform a gentle stretch on the spine. This can help to alleviate pressure on the discs in order to allow nutrients and oxygen back into the area, creating a more ideal healing environment. This treatment may be suitable for conditions such as a slipped disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis or chronic neck pain providing the degeneration is not too advanced.
Our K-Laser uses light energy to target the treated area at a cellular level, increasing a cell’s ability to regenerate without adverse effects to the tissue or side effects. The laser can assist in the re-development of blood vessels in the area, a process called neovascularisation, which brings an increased blood flow to the injured area and can enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.
There are some circumstances (such as chronic conditions or case of significant amounts of damage) when the bodies natural healing process stop functioning properly. In these cases treatment with K-Laser can give the healing process a ‘reboot’ allowing it is start to repair damage in areas that it had ceased to be working on. Additionally, using the K-Laser on an acute condition, such as a recent trauma or flare up can help to speed the healing time, to get you back to feeling normal in a shorter amount of time.
What are the most common causes of neck pain?
An injury as a direct result of a recent trauma, repetitive strain injury, or poor posture can all cause neck pain. A recent trauma, for example a car accident, can give you whiplash which can leave lasting effects on the neck that need attention. Poor posture while sitting at a desk at work all day, or spending long periods of time looking down at a phone, can cause misalignments in the neck, which can lead to experiencing many of the symptoms of a neck injury.
What are the best exercises for neck pain?
Without knowing the underlying cause of neck pain, performing many exercises may sometimes make the condition worse. At ProBack, we always advise coming into the clinic for a full examination so we can see the full extent of your condition. Our plans usually involve an initial six to twelve sessions of treatment to improve your mobility and pain levels, before starting any exercises.
How can spinal remodelling help with neck pain in the long-term?
Spinal remodelling can help with a neck injury if there are misalignments in your neck. A loss of curve in the neck, due to a sudden trauma or poor posture, can mean more pressure being placed on the discs. Used daily in the corrective phases of treatment, our Denneroll can introduce changes into the spine that improve the results of treatment in the long term. By improving the position of the spine, it can be possible to improve the durability and longevity of your spine.
“My pain disappeared“
“I feel much better and fit!”
“My posture has changed for the better.”
“I have more confidence in my overall movement”
“My pain levels have reduced and I’m more flexible.”