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Neck Pain

Most people are troubled by neck pain at some point in their lives. The good news is that it is rarely serious and symptoms can often be improved with appropriate treatment. Below we have answered some of the most common questions we get asked regarding neck pain in the clinic.

What causes neck pain?

Most neck pain is caused by a number of factors affecting the joints, muscles and nerves around your neck. Thankfully serious or sinister causes of neck pain are very rare. It is important however that a skilful and thorough assessment be completed to exclude such causes before treatment can begin.

What treatment works for neck pain?

This will depend on the individual presentation. Both Luke and George are highly skilled in assessing patients with neck pain in order to identified specific causes of pain and disability that can then be addressed with a variety of management techniques. This will always start with an honest discussion regarding the likely cause of your symptoms and the options available to you. We have a passion to ensure patients are given honest and up to date information based on the very latest research. We do not apply a ‘one treatment for all’ approach.

What about whiplash?

Whiplash is a term often used to refer to neck injury following a motor vehicle collision. It is however also used to described any ‘acceleration-deccelation’ injury involving the neck. Research suggests that not all whiplash injuries are the same and that there are sub-groups or people with whiplash that respond to different treatment approaches. Both Luke and George have attended specific postgraduate education on whiplash by leading researchers in the UK and have vast experience at conducting specialist whiplash assessment in order to inform management and achieve optimal outcomes.

What about headaches?

Headaches are very common. What most people do not realise is that some types of headache are actually caused by factors in the upper neck. Often these headaches are called ‘cervicogenic headache’ and commonly start with pain in the neck that spreads to the head. Research has shown that these headaches can be effectively treated with physiotherapy. The key however is in identifying whether the headache is a cervicogenic headache or not as other headache types are far less likely to respond to treatment. At Bodyphysio both Luke and George have extensive experience in assessing and successfully treatment cervicogenic headache. If you are unsure whether you may benefit from physiotherapy treatment for your headache please contact us for a honest opinion.

If you would like to arrange a specialist assessment appointment regarding your neck pain please contact us via telephone: 07517 338 380 or email:

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