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Neck Pain

Common neck injuries treated by Pearl Physiotherapy Center

Neck pain comes in many different forms. Most neck pain is not related to any serious pathology and can be caused by a simple muscle strain or tension build up. Read more below about some of the different types of neck pain that can be treated by Pearl Physiotherapy Center.

Types Of Pains and Causes

Simple Neck Ache

Derived from muscle and soft tissue tension or strain causing stiffness and pain in the neck and shoulders. Especially common in people who work in desk jobs. Neck pain can be further complicated by poor posture and/or inappropriate workstation set-up.

Neck pain with Radiculopathy (trapped nerve)

This refers to neck pain which causes compression of adjacent spinal nerves exiting the spinal cord affecting the nerves going to the arms. This is commonly known as a ‘trapped nerve’ and in severe cases can cause weakness to the muscles when the nerve function to certain muscles is involved. This type of pain can be very debilitating, and often people require not only expert treatment, but specific neuropathic medication to help in the acute stages of this type of pain as often sleep can be very disturbed.


Whiplash is caused by a sudden jolt from an impact due to a road traffic accident which causes the head and neck to jerk forwards quickly due to the impact, and then immediately ‘whip’ backwards in a whiplash fashion. It is essentially a soft tissue injury to lots of muscles and soft tissues in the neck, shoulders and upper back. The most effective way to treat this type of neck pain once having been assessed either by your GP or a Chartered Physiotherapist, is to commence gentle neck range of movement exercises and to gently return to normal activities. In the early stages, taking ibuprofen and over the counter paracetamol is helpful, as well as heat from a hot water bottle or wheat bag. A physiotherapist can prescribe the appropriate exercises and help to alleviate muscle and soft tissue pain with manual therapy and gentle soft tissue mobilisation.