Do you suffer with neck pain or headaches?

Did your neck pain appear suddenly or creep up over time?

Is your neck movement restricted? Is it hard to turn?  Is it hard to look up at the ceiling?

If yes to any of these your neck pain is most likely a result of condition affecting the joints, muscles or tendons in your neck.

Does your pain spread? Pain can develop in the neck and may spread to your shoulder, down your arm to your fingers, up to the base of the skull and over your head.  If a nerve is irritated you may also experience pins and needles or numbness in parts of your arm or hand.

Factors that can contribute to this include tension and sustained or repetitive activity such as sitting at a desk at work, using the telephone for a long period of time, playing a musical instrument, driving long-distance and using tablets or smartphones.

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What conditions are linked to neck pain?

  • Whiplash: If your neck has a sudden jolt you may develop pain.  This is most common following a car accident.
  • Torticollis: A torticollis is when the head becomes twisted to one side and it is very painful to move the head back to a straight position. This is common in younger people. You may have gone to bed feeling fine and woken up in the morning to find your is neck stuck and very painful.
  • Degeneration (‘wear and tear’): This occurs in the spinal bones (vertebrae) and the discs between the vertebrae is a common cause or recurring or persistent neck pain. This is sometimes called cervical spondylosis.
  • Cervical radiculopathy: This is when the root of a nerve is irritated in the neck. You may have neck pain, arm pain, numbness, pins and needles and weakness. The common causes of a radiculopathy are cervical spondylosis, stenosis and disc pathology.
  • Cervicogenic headaches: These headaches are bought on by specific problems in the upper neck. Physiotherapy is effective to help correct these problems.
  • More serious and rarer causes: Rheumatoid arthritis, bone disorders, infections, fractures, and serious injuries that damage the vertebrae, spinal cord or nerves in the neck. These are all examples of problems that physiotherapy can help to correct.

Suffering with headaches can be miserable

Are your headaches are becoming too frequent, wearing you down, making it difficult to concentrate,  causing you to be tired and grumpy? Are you struggling with day to day activities, and are your relationships suffering?

Did you know this sort of headache can be caused by problems with your the upper neck?  These headaches are called cervicogenic headaches.

Confirm if your headaches are coming from your neck

First of all it is necessary to confirm if your headaches are coming from your neck.  To determine this we will examine your upper neck looking to reproduce your headache and the associated symptoms, reproducing your headache and related symptoms is key to diagnosing cervicogenic headaches but we do understand that this can be quite a worrying prospect.

If the headache isn’t brought on by testing the joints in your neck  it would indicate that your headaches are not cervicogenic.  The benefit of testing this in the first assessment will make it clear whether or not physiotherapy can help.

Once we have identified the source of the headache there are a number of different modalities you can use to improve the function of your upper neck are resolve your headaches. We can guide you through each one.

What to expect?

When you come for an assessment we will examine your neck and identify the cause of your symptoms. Once we have diagnosed this we will design your own personalised action plan for rehabilitation.

Do you suffer with neck pain or headaches?

Why Do People Choose The Markland Clinic ?

Excellent Quality of Service

We are one of the few clinics in the UK run by a specialist McKenzie therapist.

If you experience back pain with or without sciatica please consult with us. Our job is to help you understand the cause of your pain and how to resolve it as quickly as possible.

We don’t believe in a ‘cookie cutter’ approach where all pain is treated equally and understand that each and every client has their own unique set of challenges and circumstances. Instead, we want you to be able to get back to feeling like yourself again FAST and without the need for unnecessary drugs which only treat the symptoms, but don’t cure the problem.

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