NECK & BACK PAIN
Neck Pain Treatment and Back Pain Specialist –
At least 80% of people will report back and neck pain at some point in their lifetime. It can come from being too active. But what’s more surprising to many is that it can also result from being too still.
Pain can be due to something obvious such as an injury or twist, or seemingly nothing, most often resulting from poor posture. The symptoms may be specific to a small isolated area or can radiate down the arm or leg.
While neck and back pain is not visible to an outsider, the effects can be debilitating for the sufferer and have a significant impact on their quality of life.
At Macquarie Street Physiotherapy, we have a deep understanding of the complexity of the problem and the resulting impact on your life and offer leading-edge back and neck pain treatment.
Sydney professionals, residents and visitors alike can take advantage of our conveniently located practice in the heart of the CBD.
Advances in the field of neck and back pain are constantly made, and we draw upon our extensive experience to apply and improve upon the treatments we offer. Despite decades of experience, we are never complacent about our skills and knowledge.
Our team of physiotherapists regularly attend continuing professional educational training courses and conferences to stay abreast of the latest techniques with which we can benefit our clients.
Our fundamental approach to treating neck and back pain is that it is important to work out the often-complex cause of the problem and address it directly, rather than just treat the symptoms.
Common conditions which may cause pain in the region of the spine and ribs include:
- Wear-and-tear arthritis can occur in the spinal and rib joints, just as elsewhere in the body. These degenerative changes may have a number of causes, including previous injury, familial tendency and age.
Your x-ray may report “degenerative changes”, “spondylitis” or “osteoarthritis”. Each of these terms imply wear and tear and may include the disc. Osteophytes, which are bony spurs of the spine, may be associated with these changes.
- There are a number of long words beginning with ‘s’ which describe conditions that may cause back pain. These include spondylolysis, which refers to the separation of the pars interarticularis (a small bony arch at the back of the spine) and spondylolisthesis, which describes anterior slippage of one vertebra on another. Scoliosis describes a region in the spine which is rotated rather than straight. Scoliosis severity varies and many people have no pain or dysfunction relating to mild scoliosis.
- Common disc injuries include disc bulges, disc prolapses, and annular tears. A mild disc bulge may cause no problem, but a severe disc prolapse may cause pressure on a nerve and cause leg (sciatic) or arm pain.
There are many other conditions which may cause neck (cervical), trunk (thoracic) or lower back (lumbar) pain. However, it is worth noting that pain is most often due to stiff joints or muscle spasm or tightness.
A lot of relief can be gained from back and neck pain by carrying out specific exercises such as stretching for stiffness or core stability exercises for instability or weakness. Correcting posture so that you have better spinal and pelvic alignment takes pressure off overloaded tissues.
At Macquarie Street Physiotherapy, we can help you by mobilising your joints and massaging your muscles to get things moving again.
We are experts in exercise prescription, postural correction and back and neck pain treatment in Sydney. Should the pain return, we aim to make you self-reliant in managing your symptoms by providing sound advice and education. We look forward to offering you relief from either new (acute) or old (chronic) pain.
Contact us if you have any questions or to book an appointment on (02) 9221 1604.