Neck Pain

Neck pain can be debilitating and very uncomfortable, especially if the pain stretches from your neck down to your shoulders. If left untreated, the pain can become more severe and move into your arm, hands and fingers. Your neck is important for even the most basic movement, and sharp pains can prevent you from functioning properly in your everyday life.

Neck pain can be divided into 2 categories; Mechanical neck pain and Compressive or Neurogenic neck pain. Inflammation of the facet joints, discs, ligaments or muscles of the neck cause mechanical neck pain. This is the direct result of strain, overuse or trauma. Mechanical neck pain is usually felt in the neck and may spread down to the shoulder.

Compressive or neurogenic neck pain is caused by irritation or "pinching" of the nerve root. The nerve root can be compressed by a disc or bony spur. Since the nerve root carries information between the brain and upper extremity, there can be an interference in muscle strength and reflexes. Pain and/or numbness can extend below the elbow and into the hand.

How Our Therapists Can Help

We offer Physiotherapy, Chiropractic Care and Massage Therapy for neck pain. The first step involves a thorough physical and systemic assessment to determine the actual cause of the neck pain. The treatment and management profiles will largely depend on the findings of the examination. Treatment may involve acupuncture or dry needling, tailored exercise programs, manual therapy, gentle traction, spinal adjustments and preventive measures to avoid recurrence. Application of pressure on the affected area and manipulation of soft tissues around the neck will enhance circulation around the neck, improve the mobility of muscles involved, and generally relieve pain.


Frequently Asked Questions

You do not require a doctor’s referral to attend physiotherapy, chiropractic or massage therapy. However, if you intend to use your health insurance to cover the cost you should confirm your insurers policy as some may ask you for a doctor’s referral.

The advantage of choosing a service provider that works in a collaborative practice environment like PROTx is that regardless of who you see initially, you will always be directed to the most appropriate therapist. This team environment gives you, the client, the best possible options.

Your therapist will perform an assessment. You will be asked a series of questions that will help better describe all of your symptoms in detail. This will be followed by an examination of the areas causing concern and associated areas. Following the assessment, the findings, your goals and available treatment options will be discussed.

The first appointment can take up to an hour. Subsequent treatments can be shorter or longer depending upon the condition and the treatment required.

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