The effect of physiotherapy on neck complaints

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Many people suffer from neck complaints at some point. Neck pain is, after back pain, the most common physical complaint in the Netherlands. However, due to the presence of ligaments, muscles and joints, the location of neck pain is not always easy to identify.

Neck pain is usually caused by a (long-term) incorrect posture or incorrect movement. The pain often radiates to the shoulders, arms and fingers or to the head. Neck pain is therefore regularly the cause of headaches and dizziness.

The types of neck pain

Due to incorrect posture, for example due to sitting behind the computer for a long time, shoulder muscles can become overloaded. The neck muscles must continuously make extra effort, which eventually causes complaints. Other neck complaints can be caused by tension, stress and/or fatigue. Whiplash, which is usually caused by an uncontrolled movement of the neck due to, for example, a rear-end collision, falls or bumps, neck osteoarthritis due to wear and tear of the joints or a neck hernia can also cause neck complaints. In a cervical disc herniation, the bulging soft core of an intervertebral disc presses against a nerve, causing inflammation.

What can a physiotherapist do?

It is wise to prevent neck complaints from becoming chronic and to remedy the cause of the complaints in time. The physiotherapist can support this. Depending on the nature of the complaints, he will look at which therapy can be the right one to help you get rid of your complaints or to alleviate them. This can be exercise therapy, shock wave therapy, massage of trigger points (muscle knots in the muscles of the neck) or dry needling. With dry needling, a needle is inserted into the muscle so that the muscle can relax. In addition to the treatment by the physiotherapist, you can also temporarily use painkillers. But beware: these do not solve the cause of the condition, so never use them for longer than three months.

Do you suffer from a sudden pain in the neck, a nagging feeling or do you have complaints that make certain movements difficult or painful? Then contact Physiotherapy Wilhelminapark in Tilburg, so that we can see together how we can help you get rid of your complaints.

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