Making Neck Pain A Thing Of The Past
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Can we help with your neck pain?
Here at Avenue Health, our experienced Osteopaths at our Worcester Park, Selsdon and Cheam, Sutton, Surrey clinics successfully treat all types of neck pain and problems on a regular basis. It has been proven that the correct diagnosis and treatment in neck related issues, not only reduces the amount of treatment that is necessary, but can prevent them developing into a repeating chronic problem. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), recommends manipulation (as performed by osteopaths and chiropractors) as an effective treatment for spinal problems.
Many of the patients we treat here at Avenue Health have developed neck problems as a result of poor posture, often brought on by frequent computer use, or long hours behind the wheel of a car. Others have been involved in road traffic or sporting accidents, to mention just a few.
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Neck pain is treated with a variety of techniques, depending on the diagnosis, the patient’s age and their preferences. The techniques we use range from gentle massage to release tight muscles, articulation to ease restricted joints, and HVT’s (High-Velocity Low Amplitude Thrusts) to free locked joints. It usually only requires a short course of 3 to 6 treatments to relieve all symptoms and correct the injury.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain can often be a result of inflamed joints, strained muscles, trapped nerves, and disc problems. Ricked or painfully restricted necks usually occur when the small joints either side of the spine become inflamed and restricted. These joints often become irritated if the neck has been subjected to a sudden jerky movement, as produced by some fairground rides, or can be a result of falling asleep in an awkward position. Neck pain also can be a result of tired and achy muscles caused by overuse, such as spending too long in front of a computer, or whiplash commonly caused by road traffic accidents. The discs in your neck can also cause pain, usually as a result of trauma or age-related wear and tear. Both disc problems and joint problems can trap the nerves in the neck, causing them to become inflamed and painful. All of the above problems can lead to the development of headaches.
Diagnosing your neck symptoms
It is very important that the correct cause of the neck pain is identified, as different conditions require specific treatments. For this reason, at Avenue Health all our patients will be given a full and thorough examination, the findings of which will be explained and discussed with the patient. During this discussion, the patient will be advised as to which treatment would be appropriate for their condition, or whether further examinations, such as MRI scans, or a referral back to their GP, are necessary.
Will pain-relieving drugs help with my neck pain?
Inflammation can be greatly reduced with the use of NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol. Although they can reduce the inflammation caused by your neck problem, they do not address the underlying problem. They can, in some cases, cause stomach problems, such as acid reflux and constipation.
It is important not to use painkilling drugs before engaging in a physical activity. This is because, without the feedback from your body’s nervous system, it is easy to over-use and further aggravate your neck condition. However, they are very useful in helping you get a good night’s sleep, which is a vitally important part of your recovery.
If you are already taking medication prescribed by a doctor, you should always ask the advice of a Doctor or Pharmacist before self-medicating, as some painkilling drugs can affect the effectiveness of your medication, and can sometimes be dangerous.
Recent article on BBC website
According to this recent BBC article (in the above link), more young people than ever are suffering from back problems as a result of our modern-day lifestyles. Here at Avenue Health we have definitely seen an increase in younger patients needing treatment for back, neck and shoulder problems. Whereas in the past we would generally associate back pain with getting older, it is now an issue that affects many people in their 20’s and 30’s. The contributing factors are highly likely to be our sedentary lifestyles and also the fact that we are sitting in front of computer screens for long periods of time.
Avenue Health’s Lead Practitioner Michael Walker says: “People try to sit up straight at their work PC’s and it almost always fails; before long we have adapted to our old posture of hunching over the keyboard. This is because generally the screen, keyboard and chair are wrongly positioned.
“We need to change our environment. The ideal position for your screen is for it to be one-third above eye level and two-thirds below eye level. If your screen and your chair are at the correct height you are much less likely to hunch over the keyboard and develop upper back tension and pain between the shoulder blades.
“In the case of a home laptop you should raise your laptop on a box or a pile of books to the correct height, and if necessary plug in a secondary keyboard to be placed on the desk in front of you. Keyboards are cheaply available in most supermarkets and are a small investment for the health of your back. Whenever working at a computer it is advisable to get up and take a walk every 20 minutes, roll your shoulders regularly and mobilise the neck. When using a handheld device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, try to make sure that your neck and head are straight and that your neck is not at an angle. And limit the amount of time that you are stuck in one position.”
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