Given the complex network of nerves, tendons, ligaments, bones and muscles which make up the upper-body, neck pain can have a vast number of causes.
The pain can arise unexpectedly or as an injury (such as whiplash) following an incident (such as a car crash).
Neck pain is very often linked to headaches, backache, and pains running down the shoulders and arms. It can be an extreme irritant, and can have many side effects such as nausea and dizziness.
Physiotherapy can help relieve most types of neck pain, the most common being Neuropathic and Muscular.
Neuropathic pain refers to pain resulting specifically from nerve irritation, as opposed to muscle or joint pain. The more common neuropathic pains such as sciatica are due to nerve impingement. Nerve pain is highly irritable and frequently needs medication to achieve relief. Physiotherapy using soft tissue and joint mobilisation techniques helps to restore normal nerve mobility and function.
A muscular strain or tear occurs when a muscle is overloaded either due to fatigue, overstretching, repetitive strain or trauma. There are three grades of muscular strain according to severity, from grade one to three. At ESPH, an experienced professional will assess your injury and plan the most suitable treatment programme for you.
Regardless of the severity of your injury, ESPH can help you achieve a hasty, lasting recovery. Some patients require a minimal number of sessions along with advice to manage the injury and recommended products (such as orthopaedic pillows). At the other end of the spectrum, some patients may require surgery, and ESPH offer pre and post-operation treatments to maximise the success of the operation and make your recovery as quick and painless as possible.