Neck pain can be caused as a result of trauma to the head or neck. Whiplash from car accidents or sporting injuries, can result in isolated neck pain, arm pain or even neurological symptoms and headaches. However, while trauma or injury to the neck can result in neck pain, it is more common that factors such as: posture, flexibility and strength around your neck are the true cause of your neck pain and associated symptoms.
Cervical Nerve Root Compression, or Cervical Radiculopathy, is when the root of a nerve exiting the cervical spine is compressed or impacted. This causes pain and/or associated symptoms to be felt either in the arm or at the neck.
As the nerve has become impacted, it is possible for weakness, numbness or abnormal spinal reflexes to be felt. There are many different causes of Cervical Nerve Root Compression, including disc bulges, osteophytes and disc degeneration.
The Thoracic Outlet is the main passage that your neural, arterial and venous structures take as they leave/enter the trunk/ arm. Its borders are made up of the clavicle and its articulation with the acromio-clavicular joint, the upper ribcage and the surrounding musculature.
Through structural injury or change, as well as through biomechanical change, the Thoracic Outlet can compress or irritate these neural structures or blood vessels, causing Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Wry Neck is a condition that causes the joints in your neck to become stiff and sore, and the muscles to go into spasm.
It is often a very sudden onset, and people will describe waking with their neck in this condition with no warning.
In a large majority of cases, yes. Your physiotherapist will need to assess your neck, head and spine to identify if there may any medical or structural damage that needs to be seen to.
This is very rare, and only seen in a small percentage of patients. For most cases, your physiotherapist will be identifying the very treatable dysfunctions and factors that are contributing to your neck pain. Once assessed, improvement is generally rapid and we normally see a full resolution within 12 weeks.
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