Chronic neck pain
Chronic neck pain implies that you have had your neck pain for longer than 3 months. Chronic neck pain may be caused by a variety of different injuries, diseases and processes. Chronic neck pain is very common and is a significant burden to the individual, community and workplace (absenteeism). Just like acute neck pain, muscles, joints, tendons, intervertebral discs and nerves can cause chronic neck pain. Long-standing arthritic conditions are a likely cause of chronic neck pain.
Symptoms of chronic neck pain
The symptoms of chronic neck pain really depend on the cause of the chronic neck pain. For example, discogenic pain coming from the intervertebral disc may present with pain worse with some movements such as flexion or looking down and activities such as above head activities or coughing. Chronic myofascial (muscle) pain will present in a variable pattern with sometimes vague and mixed symptoms and sensitivities in the neck muscles that may occur after repeated contractions of the neck. When the pain is radicular (nerve) or neurogenic it may travel down the arm into the fingers and cause changes in pain, sensation or muscle contractibility all the way down the arm. Chronic neck pain symptoms need to be assessed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist who understands chronic pain and is experienced in treating chronic neck pain.
Treatments of chronic neck pain
The treatments for chronic neck pain are determined by its cause. The chiropractors and physiotherapists are Sydney Spine and Sports Centre (S3C) have a particular clinical interest in treating chronic and persistent mechanical neck pain. Depending on the diagnosis or classification of chronic neck pain chiropractic and physiotherapy treatments for chronic neck pain may include treatments targeted at painful muscles, painful intervertebral or facet joints, irritated or inflamed intervertebral discs, nerve pain or mechanical sensitivities in spinal joints structures. Regardless of the cause of chronic neck pain the chiropractors and physiotherapists at our Dee Why and Balmain Spine Centre’s use evidence based treatments in a team approach to ensure you get the very best in chronic neck pain treatment.