Neck, Shoulder & Arm Pain
Neck pain also known as cervicalgia is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population complaining about neck pain at some point in their lives.
The lower neck and upper back support your head and it is these areas that neck pain starts. Joints in the neck also create a supportive structure for the head to sit on and also allow most movements of the neck and head.
Discomfort from neck pain may include the whole structure of the neck: bones (vertebrae), the disks between the bones, muscles and ligaments. If your neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, weakness or tingling as well as pain in your shoulder, arm or hand.
Neck pain, often with referred shoulder and arm and hand pain, can be caused by injury, trauma, anxiety, stress, awkward sleeping positions and prolonged, herniated discs. Whiplash, muscle strain or tension, and now nearly universal poor posture at computer keyboards are common causes.
Prevent neck pain:
· Learn stretching exercises for your neck and upper body. Sayer Clinics physical therapists will intelligently teach you specific exercises.
· If you work at a computer you should move and mobilise your neck every half hour.
· Using a headset helps, especially if answering telephone calls is a major part of your daily activity
· To achieve good posture, please read our Posture Booklet with specific advice.
· Sleeping conditions: your mattress needs to be firm enough and your pillow needs to support not only your head and neck but also your lower back and pelvis comfortably. We help you with our huge experience and impartial advice.
For minor causes of neck pain:
· Give yourself a rest from your normal physical activity for a few days - this will help reduce inflammation and calm symptoms.
· Gently stretch the neck muscles doing slow range-of-motion exercises, side to side and up and down.
Sudden intense ‘acute neck pain’ due to a locked facet joint or a trapped pinched nerve may result in protective muscle spasm and referred pain to the head, shoulder, upper middle-back (between the shoulder blades) or into the arm, depending on which nerve or muscles are inflamed.
There may be underlying problems such as slipped disc or bulging discs, osteoporosis (brittle bones), excessive curvature of the spine (scoliosis) and, very rarely, structural damage due to tumours or infection. Car accidents involving whiplash injury can result in acute or chronic neck pain which takes many months to improve with careful treatment.
Pain for more than three months is chronic neck pain.
- Improving range of motion
- Restoring neck and back spinal function.
If you need any further information, please contact us. We are always here and more than happy to help.
Treatment only occurs after a full patient history, physical examination, review of family and social histories and a thorough health check of the relevant body systems have been completed.
Tests resulting from this process may include digital X-rays, CT or MRI scans, EMG, laboratory blood and urine analysis, referral to a specialist depending on each individual patient.
· Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physical Therapy (Physiotherapy), Medical Acupuncture, Therapeutic Massage.
· Chiropractic & Osteopathy - specific, gentle spinal manipulation to mobilise and rehabilitate spinal joint function and posture.
· Physical Therapy - laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy, massage, exercise and rehabilitation
· Medical Acupuncture and Therapeutic Massage helps cure chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
· Postural treatment and rehabilitation - Advice on ergonomic seating, sit/stand desks, screen height & position
A combination of these various approaches varies from patient to patient. We always take into consideration your comfort, preferences and past experience as well as your response to treatment and observations made during the course of treatment.
Manipulation of the cervical spine or neck region is a specialised technique of doctors of chiropractic for patients complaining of neck, upper back, and shoulder/arm pain, as well as headaches. Similar to treatment for many conditions affecting the lower back, chiropractic is considered the first choice treatment for a range of cervical spine conditions.
Chiropractors also use adjunctive therapy to treat cervical spine complaints. These include massage, therapeutic heat and/or cold application and gentle stretching and strengthening exercises.
Danger signals - If these symptoms occur, CALL 999 or seek medical attention urgently.
· neck pain in meningitis - A rash develops but does not fade if pressed with a glass or finger.
· disc prolapse with cord compression in the neck with loss of muscle power in arms or legs.
· sensitivity to light - photophobia, severe headache or intense pain behind one eye.
· neck pain from recent head injury with drowsiness, confusion or vomiting.
· neck pain with severe headache, fever or continuous vomiting.
· disturbances of vision, hearing, taste or balance.
· severe pain on neck forward flexion.
Chris Berlingieri - Doctor of Chiropractic
Sayer Clinics senior xray and neck pain treatment specialist - practices at Sayer Clinics: Kensington W8 and Welbeck Street, W1.
Chris is hugely experienced in computed digital x-ray analysis, diagnosis and functional rehabilitation of the joints of the cervical, thoraco-dorsal spine and shoulders and surrounding muscles following whiplash pain and injury.
Our highly qualified health practitioners do not treat using drugs or surgery. We diagnose using neurological and orthopaedic tests, postural and physical spinal examination and digital radiology and treat patients with extremely safe and effective manipulation, physical therapy modalities and postural rehabilitation.
Chris originally practiced in New York and has successfully given specialist neck and headache treatment to a huge number of patients since 1994.
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