Neck pain is a very common problem with many possible causes. Hunching over a computer, whiplash, poor posture, arthritis, and muscle strains from simple things like sleeping on a different pillow, reading in bed or grinding your teeth can all trigger neck pain. Neck pain can have a significant effect on your quality of life and your ability to go about your day to day activities.
The chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic Mittagong and Goulburn first focus on diagnosing the cause of a patient’s neck pain in order to determine the best evidence-based treatment approach. This diagnosis is made after the chiropractor has taken a detailed history and performed a thorough examination. Common condition that may cause neck pain include facet joint sprain, intervertebral disc injury or protrusion, nerve impingement, cervical spine instability and muscle strain. In rare cases, neck pain may be a sign of something more serious and our chiropractors are trained to identify warning signs that may indicate that you should be referred to another health professional or that your chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of your symptoms have been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic will devise a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing your pain, restoring the movement in your neck, and improving the function and strength of your neck. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release, dry needling, advice on pain relieving methods, ergonomic and activity modification advice, and the prescription of home exercises to improve movement and strengthen muscles. The use of these techniques varies depending on the patient’s age, health and their personal preferences.