The neck is the start of the spinal column and spinal cord. The spinal column contains about two dozen inter-connected, oddly shaped, bony segments, called vertebrae. The neck contains seven of these, known as the cervical vertebrae. They are the smallest and uppermost vertebrae in the body.
The symptoms of neck pain
Neck spasm, whiplash, herniated disc, and muscle sprain are examples of complaints in the neck that causes neck pain.
Neck pain is often a nagging pain that you feel on one or both sides of your neck or on top of your shoulders. The pain can occur suddenly, for example after a collision, or gradually. Sometimes there is a decrease in neck rotation; looking back while driving is difficult, for example. From the neck you can also suffer from headache, radiating pain to the arms and tingling in your hand or fingers. Sometimes you have less power in your hand and you can no longer control the movement of your arm.
The treatment of neck pain
Usually neck pain disappears automatically within six weeks. An X-ray or MRI is almost never necessary. Do not hesitate to use painkillers in case of an attack of acute neck pain – in consultation with your (family) doctor. This makes moving easier.
What you can do yourself
High work pressure, stress, being in the same or wrong posture for a long time: these are all risk factors for getting neck complaints. Bed rest is usually not necessary. By staying active and avoiding the risk factors, you yourself can increase the chance of recovery. By moving and exercising in the right way, you make your neck stronger and more flexible. This promotes recovery and ensures that you will not get neck complaints again as quickly.
What physiotherapy can do
With neck complaints you can see one of our physiotherapists as your personal guide. The treatment is mainly focused on providing information and advice, learning exercises and mobilizing (moving) the neck. This way, our physiotherapist can help you get rid of your complaints quickly and ensure that your neck does not bother you again.
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