Neck and back pain can be experienced occasionally due to poor posture or overuse. It can also be caused by injury such as fall, contact sports etc. Neck and back pain can be relieved after a few days and it is not usually a serious condition. If pain persists for more than a week, seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms of Neck and Back Pain
The common symptoms associated with neck pain can be any or a combination of the following:
- Sharp pain
- General soreness
- Radiating pain
- Tingling, numbness and weakness
Causes of Neck and Back Pain
Pain on the neck and back can be caused by the following and present on some health conditions:
- Poor posture
- Staying in the same position for long while working at a desk
- Bad sleep position
- Jerking the neck during exercise
- Injury like falls, car accident, sports
- Neck pain can also be a symptom of heart attack accompanied by other symptoms
- Stiff neck may also occur on persons with meningitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Spinal stenosis
- Herniated cervical disc
Treatment for Neck and Back Pain
When to see the physio?
If your neck or back pain doesn’t settle within 3 days of conservative treatment, medication and RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) make an appointment to see the physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy can relieve pain and teach you how to look after your neck/back and prevent further problems. If you have chronic neck/back pain, physiotherapy can tailor an exercise program for you so you can improve your functional mobility. This means you can get back to doing the things, and living life!
Always contact the physio if you have an injury to your neck or back, or when it is accompanied by pain, numbness, pins and needles, or weakness in the legs or arms. If the pain is accompanied by loss of control of the bowel/bladder or with a fever or feeling unwell, see a medical doctor immediately.
Contact our experienced staff at our Physiotherapy Clinic on the Sunshine Coast for further information.