SUFFERING FROM NECK PAIN?

Our expert physios can treat mild to severe neck pain including whiplash, arthritis, neck strain, stiff neck, neck tension and recovery following surgery. 

 

PHYSIOTHERAPY FOR NECK PAIN

Response Physio & Sports Therapy clinics are home to top-class clinicians who are trained to assess, diagnose and treat several musculoskeletal issues including neck conditions. Physio is an effective way to treat a wide range of neck pain causes, including muscle strains, whiplash, cervical tendinitis, cervical herniated discs, cervical degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, trapped nerves, arthritis and meningitis symptoms.

The cervical spine in your neck is made up of several bones called vertebrae, extending from the skull to the upper torso, and separated by cervical discs filled with a cushioning substance that acts as a shock absorber. These bones, as well as ligaments, tendons and muscles, support your head and allow for a range of motion. Injury, abnormalities, or inflammation to any of these structures can cause you to experience neck pain or stiffness. It can arise following an accident or sports injury, as a result of ageing or poor posture, or can simply occur without any obvious explanation. If you are unsure of the cause, book an appointment with our specialist diagnostic physio team today.

HOW CAN PHYSIOTHERAPY HELP NECK PAIN?

It is common for people to feel neck pain or stiffness occasionally due to things like poor posture, muscle strains, or worn joints. In some cases, neck pain is a symptom of a medical condition or injury associated with your neck, shoulder, arms, or spine. In the majority of cases, neck pain can be relieved with gentle physical therapy delivered by a qualified physiotherapist, allowing individuals to return to their daily activities faster and safer than without treatment. Our tailored physio programmes are designed around your condition to target the weak spots, reduce your pain, strengthen the structures in your neck and improve overall structural health.

How we can help

We have a network of Chartered Physiotherapists located nationwide, who are experienced in assessing and treating mild to chronic neck pain issues with manual physio, sports massage, exercises, and lifestyle & ergonomic advice. Our team combines their in-depth knowledge of the body with successful hands-on techniques to treat neck pain at its source and decrease the likelihood of recurrence. We will create a personalised treatment plan that takes into consideration the cause, your age, medical conditions, mobility and fitness goals.

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WHAT ARE THE BEST TREATMENTS FOR
NECK PAIN?

Response Physiotherapists use tried-and-tested techniques and industry-approved treatments to target neck ache and pain, including physio exercise, deep tissue massage, manual physio, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and acupuncture. Whether you are looking for treatment for stiff neck, help with arthritis symptoms, exercises for cervical neck pain or a diagnosis for your neck problem, the Response team will create the most effective care plan designed around you.

Your physiotherapist may work on the mobilisation and manipulation of the joints in the neck, stretching and strengthening the muscles in the neck, a neck and shoulder massage or perform an ergonomic workstation assessment.

Successful treatment of your pain depends on having an accurate diagnosis, so it’s important that we understand your condition before we start any treatment.

 

Physiotherapy

Virtual Physio

Sports Massage

Sports Injury and Sports Movement

Biomechanics & Gait Analysis

Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Reflexology

Hydrotherapy/Aquatic Therapy

MAIN CAUSES OF NECK PAIN

Neck pain can take on various forms, ranging anywhere from a dull ache to burning, sharp nerve pain that can radiate down into the arm. There are also numerous possibilities to how the pain started and how long it may last.

Some causes are easy to determine, such as if you have been in a car accident, strained your neck during exercise or have been sitting improperly whilst working from home. However, neck pain isn’t always caused by a problem in the neck structure itself – sometimes it is the result of injury to another location in your body (known as referred pain), such as shoulder pain, upper back pain or headaches. This can be identified by a clinician during your initial assessment.

There are many potential reasons you are experiencing neck pain, including:

  • Neck strain
  • Trapped nerves
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Whiplash
  • Cervical tendinitis
  • Cervical herniated disc
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Bone spurs
  • Facet syndrome
  • Prolonged sitting hours at a computer work desk
  • Arthritis
  • Meningitis
  • Wear and tear
  • Poor posture
  • Poor sleeping position
  • Worn joints
  • Sprains
  • Motor collisions
  • Sports injuries
  • Narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Inflammation
  • Cancer (rare cases)

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN?

Painful or aching neck symptoms are common and can happen to people of all ages. Neck pain has become increasingly common in the working population following the pandemic, with the sudden rise in homeworkers operating laptops and computers without the proper ergonomic equipment for prolonged hours. Poor posture and alternative seating positions (such as working on the sofa or in bed) can strain the muscles and ligaments that support the neck, resulting in injury over time. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, you are likely to benefit from physiotherapy.

Common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Mild discomfort to a severe, burning pain
  • Sudden or intense pain (a crick in the neck, facet syndrome or muscular rheumatism)
  • Pain in the back, side or the front of the neck
  • Stiffness or an inability to move the neck without pain
  • A deep, achy, cramping and/or throbbing sensation
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Muscle tightness or spasms

The above symptoms need to be properly assessed by an experienced Physiotherapist, who can diagnose the cause of your neck pain and provide the most appropriate treatment, management and advice.

TREATING YOUR NECK PRIOR TO YOUR PHYSIO APPOINTMENT

Chronic neck pain can be both physically and mentally draining, so it should not be ignored. The best thing you can do is seek professional physiotherapy care as soon as possible. We understand how frustrating it can be to be put on long NHS waiting lists or even how hard it is to access a GP appointment, that’s why we make our appointments available to you as soon as possible (sometimes even within 24-48 hours). To help relieve the pain in the meantime, follow our advice below prior to your appointment.

  • Keep your neck moving gently (in a side-to-side and up-and-down motion)
  • Apply ice for a few days. After that, apply heat with a heating pad, hot compress or a hot bath
  • Ensure you maintain good posture with your shoulders down and back and head upright
  • Sit at a suitable desk when working
  • Try our exercises for neck pain
  • Avoid any sports, heavy lifting or activities that aggravate symptoms
  • Change your position often, don’t stand or sit in one position for too long
  • Manage the pain with painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen

WHY CHOOSE RESPONSE PHYSIO & SPORTS THERAPY
for Neck Pain?

We are one of the UK’s leading providers of musculoskeletal (MSK) physiotherapy in the leisure, NHS, and corporate wellbeing markets.

Response Physio & Sports Therapy delivers high-quality physiotherapy to patients across the UK. With a network of clinics, a team of qualified Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists, we can offer a choice of clinics near you and personalised treatment plans to get you feeling better faster.

We offer flexible opening hours to suit busy lifestyles including early and late appointments, Saturday clinics, and remote clinics. There are no waiting lists and appointments are often available within 24 hours. We accept NHS referrals, self-pay, and all major private health insurers, including AXA, BUPA, and Medico-legal.

We have 18 physio clinics within 17 locations that offer treatment for neck pain:

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