Neck & Back Pain

Neck

Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population experiencing neck pain at some point in their lives.

Neck pain, despite being felt in the neck, can be cause by other numerous spinal problems. These may includepostural abnormalities, muscle tightness originating in the neck or upper back, deep neck muscle weakness or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.

Neck pain may also occur secondary to injury, other health problems, or be referred from other areas or structures of the body.

Physiotherapy is commonly sought out when neck and shoulder pain strikes which can be successfully treated by this approach. The physiotherapist will investigate the pain and determine its cause. There are many different causes of neck pain.

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Back Pain

Studies have shown between 60-80% of the general population experience back pain at some point in their lives. Pain can be categorised into neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or tailbone pain. It can be a dull ache, a sharp pain, a piercing pain, or a burning sensation.

Non-specific acute back pain with no serious underlying pathology is diagnosed in approximately 98% of back pain patients.

Secondary back pain accounts for ~2% of cases and includes underlying pathologies such as abscesses, metastatic cancer or referred abdominal organ pain. Whilst these pathologies are not the most common underlying cause of back pain

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