How Physiotherapists Treat Neck Pain

A physiotherapist can help with cervical spine pain and disability. The examination begins with a thorough assessment to determine the source of the pain. It will also examine how the pain has changed over time. About half of cases can be identified as to the cause of the pain, but the rest cannot. The physio can use the information from the location and behavior of the pain to determine the root cause and the treatment options.

The first thing the physiotherapist will do is investigate the pain. It is important to determine if the pain is localized or if it affects other areas of the body. If the pain is severe and specific, the Chatswood physical therapist might conclude that it may be due to poor posture or some other degenerative condition. On the other hand, referred pain could indicate a pinched nerve or another problem.


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Neck pain can be a sign of many pathologies. The physio will ask the patient all the questions, including past medical history, weight loss, bladder control, quality of sleep, medication use, and quality of appetite. Begin the objective examination by asking the patient to remove their upper body clothing and examine the position of their trunk, neck, and shoulders. Common postural abnormalities that can cause pain include a humped thoracic spine, rounded shoulders, and a poking of the chin.

To get important information about the health of the neck, cervical ranges of motion are measured. The physio will be able to identify the type of neck pain and the best way to treat it by analyzing the movement response. To pinpoint the problem, cervical rotation, flexion, extension, and side flexion are all evaluated. To determine if nerve conduction to the arms works well, muscle strength, sensation, and reflexes will be tested.