Returning to normal activities (within pain limits) is advised as soon as possible to prevent long term habits of avoiding normal activities due to fear of pain and injury.
X-ray is warranted if there has been trauma such as a severe whiplash, and fracture is suspected.
MRI and CT are the most useful investigations for suspected disc involvement.
How Physio Helps
Neck pain is often a scary to experience. Therefore, your physiotherapist will thoroughly question you to determine the specific source of your neck pain, and identify various contributing factors which led to its onset
If the pain is not being managed, they may refer you to your GP for pain relief medication. Investigation may or may not be required.
Treatment can include:
Massage and trigger point release
Prescription of exercises for range of movement, strengthening and stability
Acupuncture and/or dry needling
Cervical longitudinal traction
Assessment of posture and advice on improvement or correction
Review and modification of exercise or lifestyle activities
Ergonomic/workstation set-up assessment and review