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 teeth grinding can all trigger neck pain. Neck pain can have a significant effect on a person’s quality of life and their ability to go about their 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 conditions 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 a patient should be referred to another health professional or that their chiropractic treatment should be modified.
Once the cause of a patient’s symptoms has been diagnosed the chiropractors at Southern Region Chiropractic devise a management plan guided by a thorough understanding of the latest research. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, restoring movement in the neck, and improving the function and strength of the neck. Treatment often includes joint mobilisation or manipulation, soft tissue release techniques, 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.