Neck Pain

The top seven vertebrae in the spinal column are called the cervical vertebrae, and form your neck. This area houses a number of critical nerves and muscles. Damage in this area is relatively common and often painful.

Soothing Neck Pain

Pain in the neck, especially chronic or long lasting pain, can occur due to many reasons such as osteoarthritis, trauma, sports injuries,wear and tear of intervertebral discs and whiplash. Neck issues can also arise from the neck becoming locked in an awkward position while sleeping,  bad posture – especially when sitting at a desk for a long time or a pinched nerve.

Whiplash is a term that describes a neck injury caused by a sudden movement of the head forwards, backwards or sideways. It usually occurs after a road accident but can also be caused by bungee jumping, adventure rides or contact sports. Sometimes, the symptoms take a while (six to twelve hours) to develop.

First4Therapy Advice

  • What should I do if I have Whiplash?
  • Neck Pain: Danger Signals: Meningitis
  • Neck Pain: Danger Signals: Head Injury or Disk Issue
  • Can First4Therapy help you?
What should I do if I have Whiplash?

Neck pain, stiffness and headache are the most commonly reported symptoms of Whiplash. Sometimes, there may be pain or pins and needles radiating to the arm or fingers.

If your neck feels tender to touch, using a damp warm towel or a heated wheat bag for 5 to 10 minutes on the affected area, followed by local application of a pain relieving gel may help to relax muscles and reduce pain. It is best to move your neck gently within a comfortable range rather than stopping movement.

Taking painkillers such as paracetamol or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen (provided there are no contra-indications) is helpful. If you have any concerns you should seek medical advice as you may need an X-Ray if a fracture is suspected. Ultrasound and MRI scans are not required for most whiplash injuries but maybe needed if your symptoms persist for more than six months or are very severe.

Neck Pain: Danger Signals: Meningitis

In some cases, neck pain may be a symptom of meningitis.

If the following symptoms occur, dial 999 or seek medical attention urgently:

  • A rash develops that doesn’t fade when you press it with a glass tumbler or a finger.
  • The patient feels ill or is running a fever, as well as feeling neck pain.
  • It’s so painful to bend the neck forward that the patient can’t put their chin on their chest.
  • Light hurts the eyes.
  • Neck pain is accompanied by severe headache or continuous vomiting.
  • Neck pain is accompanied by severe pain in the back.
Neck Pain: Danger Signals: Head Injury or Disk Issue

In some cases, neck pain can be a symptom of head injury or disc trouble in the neck.

If the following symptoms occur, dial 999 or seek medical attention urgently.

  • Neck pain is the result of a recent head injury and the person is becoming drowsy, confused or is vomiting.
  • Neck pain is accompanied by headache.
  • If there’s pain behind one eye.
  • Vision, hearing, taste or balance are affected.
  • Severe vomiting.
  • The muscle power in arms or legs is reduced.
Can First4Therapy help you?

Yes. Following a full assessment of your neck or pain areas, we will explain the findings and give you hands-on therapy to treat your soft tissues or neck joints as required. If there is inflammation, you may benefit from local ultrasound therapy. We can also offer you acupuncture for pain relief.

First4Therapy will also give you advice regarding self-management including posture and exercise.

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    First4Therapy are a Chartered Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Clinic based in Laindon. We also treat patients from the surrounding areas including Basildon, Horndon, Billericay, Brentwood and Stanford-le- hope.

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