What is Neck and Shoulder Pain
Your neck and shoulders contain muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins and many ligaments. They also incorporate critical supporting structures. These different constituent parts can be subject to a wide variety of conditions which can cause pain in the neck and shoulder area.
What causes neck and shoulder pain
The soft tissues are a major contributing factor when we discuss neck and shoulder symptoms. One very common presentation is whiplash which causes trauma to these soft tissues and can provoke significant symptoms, even radiating into the arms. Any direct trauma to the shoulder complex will normally have some impact on the neck, especially with broken collar bones, as seen in cycling and rugby. Other sports such as golf and swimming can cause issues through repetitive action. Treating all of the implicated structures is vital for a full recovery.
The structural components of the neck are also commonly aggravated. These include the inter-vertebral discs and the facet joints of the spine. With ongoing micro trauma this can lead to degeneration and arthritic change and cause more deep seated symptoms. Much of this is well managed with physiotherapy to include movement restoration and strengthening of the local stabilisers
Treatment for neck and shoulder pain
A combination of neck joint and muscle treatment physiotherapy is the fastest way to pain reduction. Couple this with some specific strength and conditioning exercises and you will soon be on the road to recovery. Correct treatment can also reduce your chances of the pain returning. These treatments include:
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