What’s your injury?
Here are some common problems of the neck – do any of these sound like your pain?
Where? Neck, shoulder and arm, with numbness and/or pins and needles.
Difficulties: Sustained postures irritate, movement relieves.
Possible diagnosis: Trapped nerve.
Cause: Bulging disc in the neck places pressure on a spinal nerve that serves the arm. Can result from trauma, often the effect of repetitive movements or awkward positions of the neck with a delayed onset.
Treatment: Mechanical traction (internal link), Nerve stretches, restoration of joint movement and reduction of muscle tension.
Neck (with headaches)
Where? Neck tension and ache with headache.
Difficulties: General use, gripping, using a mouse, using tools.
Possible diagnosis: Tension headache.
Cause: Accumulation of tension in neck muscles due to posture, or stress. Causes stiffness in associated joints and a pain referral pattern through the head.
Treatment: Massage to the muscles at the base of the skull, and neck muscles. Manual traction, joint mobilisation.