Neck Pain

Neck Pain

Neck Injuries:

Overview:

The incidence of neck pain and injury is rising alarmingly due to our rapidly changing lifestyles and work habits. Technology is evolving at an exponential rate but unfortunately our bodies are not. People are spending longer in sedentary roles/positions than ever before (eg computer use, driving, watching TV, administrative work etc).
This, along with the usual traumatic neck injuries that present to Gladesville Healthcare, is making neck injury a very common reason to seek ‘hands-on’ therapy at our clinic.

Anatomy:

The neck (known as the cervical spine) is the highest region of the spinal column and supports the weight and mobility of the head. It is made up of 7 different bones (or vertebra) named C1 through to C7. These vertebrae dramatically change shape relatively to each other from the upper most cervical vertebra to the lowest. This allows maximum neck mobility and stability.
This mobility and stability is created by a complexity of muscles that encompass the neck. Between the vertebrae are intervertebral discs that allow movement and help absorb force.
Exiting from between the vertebrae are nerve roots which travel throughout the upper body and even down into the arms (this is known as the brachial plexus).
Other structures within the neck include arteries to the head/brain, lymphatic vessels, various glands, the trachea and the oesophagus.

Common Injuries to the Neck:

There are many different injuries associated with the neck, some common examples include:
•    Muscle tear or strain
•    Facet joint sprain/strain
•    Ligament sprain/strain
•    Disc bulge
•    Disc protrusion
•    Herniated disc
•    Whiplash Associated Disorder (WAD)
•    Vertebral fracture
•    Nerve root injury
•    Osteoarthritis / Wear and Tear
•    Rheumatoid Arthritis (& varying other arthridities)
•    Torticollis
•    Brachial plexus injury
•    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
•    Postural straining
•    Double crush injuries

Causes:

There are varying causes to neck injuries, some common examples include:
•    Direct or indirect trauma to the neck
•    Bad posture
•    Acceleration-Deceleration injury (eg Whiplash injury)
•    Accumulative straining
•    Poor neck biomechanical function
•    Poor shoulder biomechanical function
•    Poor exercise technique and selection
•    Incorrect workplace ergonomics
•    Scoliosis

Treatment:

It is imperative that an accurate diagnosis is made before a treatment program can be formulated. A treatment program is, of course, tailored to an individual’s injury, age and physical condition, but should include: •

  • Specific soft tissue massage
  • Specific upper body muscle stretches
  • Gentle correction of cervical biomechanics •
  • Improve shoulder girdle mechanical function
  • Correction of thoracic mobility and biomechanics
  • Neck stability exercises
  • Postural control/stability exercises
  • Activity and exercise modification to suit stage of injury

 

The practitioners at Gladesville Healthcare specialise in the treatment of neck injuries of all types and commonly deal with all of the above conditions and problems. Our success is based on a blend of evidence-based therapy, clinical experience and individual injury management.

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Gladesville Healthcare Clinic
74 Morrison Rd
Gladesville NSW 2111.

Clinic Hours: Monday to Friday: By Appointment
Tel: 9816. 3071
Fax: 9816 2037
Email: info@gladesvillehealthcare.com.au

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