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Neck complaints that cause pain or restricted movement can be considered a cervical spine dysfunction, a condition most people experience at some point in their life.

The relative weight of your head against gravity increases approximately 1.5 kilograms for every centimeter it sits forward of your shoulders. This means that if you have a ‘forward head posture’ which is commonly seen in computer workers, your neck joints will be under more pressure with muscles having to work harder just to hold your head up.

Symptoms

• Pain with movement
• Restriction (most commonly rotation) with or without pain
• Muscular spasm/tightness,
• Headaches
• General fatigue
• Feeling of having a ‘heavy head’
• Refer pain to the top of the shoulders and between the shoulder blades.
• Clicking, cracking or grinding within the neck may also be present.

Neck Pain

Cause

  • Prolonged poor posture/sleeping
  •  Muscles over-activity from stress and tension
  •  Traumatic events i.e Car accidents, sports injuries
  •  Pinched nerves
  •  Bulging discs which may cause severe neck pain or pins and needles, numbness and/or weakness in the neck, arms or hands.

What can a Physiotherapist do?
The Physiotherapist will perform a thorough physical examination to rule out serious conditions and ascertain whether your cervical spine dysfunction is musculoskeletal in origin. They will explain the cause of the dysfunction, and what treatment will best work for you to resolve the situation.


Article by,
Brenda Bett - Physiotherapist

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