Neck Pain

Causes of neck pain

Neck pain is very common, particularly amongst the middle-aged population. In the UK 40-70% of people will experience it at some stage, and we see it regularly at our West London clinic.

Severe neck pain can be debilitating, making it hard to turn your head and affecting both neck and shoulder muscles and the shoulder blades. Some common causes of neck pain include: 

  • Poor posture for prolonged periods
  • Disc dysfunction or disc prolapse (slipped disc)
  • Stiff joints
  • Sport-related neck pain
  • Neck and shoulder muscle strains
  • Nerve compression
  • Direct injuries like whiplash or spinal cord damage
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Stress and tension

Symptoms of neck pain

Symptoms can range from mild tenderness to severe neck pain. Accompanying symptoms might encompass:

  • Stiffness
  • Difficulty moving or turning the head
  • Headaches
  • Burning or shooting sensations
  • Neck and shoulder muscle spasm
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Weakness in the arms and hands
  • Radiating pain in the shoulder blades or down the arm
  • Dizziness

Treatment of neck pain

Serious neck pain is very rare, affecting less than 5% of the population so it is unlikely that your pain is going to be so significant that we cannot help you.

At our W4 clinic, we will guide you on understanding and managing your neck pain, offering a clear strategy to reduce and/or alleviate pain so that you can get back to enjoying the things that you love to do.

Treatment will include:

  • An exercise programme
  • Manual therapy including massage
  • Education
  • Modification of activity

Exercises for neck pain

The most effective exercises are those you’ll commit to. At Chiswick-Physio, we strive to understand you individually and tailor exercises that seamlessly integrate into your lifestyle.

After a thorough assessment and explanation of what is causing your neck pain, our physiotherapists will be able to provide you with a programme involving:

  • Strengthening
  • Mobility
  • Stretching exercises

When to see a physio for neck pain

It is advised to see a physio if you have severe neck pain, it persists for more than a few days, worsens with time or presents with other symptoms such as 

  • Numbness into the arm or shoulder blade
  • Tingling into the arm or shoulder blade
  • Weakness
  • Pain into the arm or shoulder blade

Consulting one of our physiotherapists promptly after experiencing neck pain ensures you will receive a tailored programme to aid recovery and alleviate pain.

What would physio for neck pain involve?

Physiotherapists provide a holistic approach to neck pain, encompassing:

  • Tailored exercises
  • Specialised manual therapy
  • Guidance on optimal posture

By delving into the root cause of the discomfort, they not only offer immediate relief but also equip you with strategies and knowledge to prevent future occurrences.

How can I arrange a conultation for neck pain?

Contact the clinic, and a team member will discuss the optimal path to recovery for your neck injury.


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When is neck pain serious?

Neck pain is serious when accompanied by severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, radiating arm pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, difficulty swallowing, voice changes, or sudden onset after trauma. Persistent or worsening pain despite rest and treatment also warrants medical attention.

What will a physio do for neck pain?

A physiotherapist will assess the cause of neck pain, provide tailored exercises for strengthening and mobility, employ manual therapy techniques, advice on posture and ergonomics, and offer pain management strategies to promote healing and prevent recurrence.

Should I see a chiropractor or a physio for neck pain?

For neck pain, physiotherapists offer a research-based approach, including exercises, manual therapy, and posture advice. They address the root cause and provide tools for long-term relief and prevention. While chiropractors focus on spinal adjustments, physiotherapy offers a broader range of treatments.

Can a physio help with neck and shoulder pain?

Yes, a physiotherapist can effectively address neck and shoulder pain, targeting the symptoms and underlying causes of holistic recovery.

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