Many people experience neck pain or stiffness occasionally. In many cases, it’s due to poor posture or overuse. Sometimes, neck pain is caused by injury from a fall, contact sports, or whiplash. These days extreme use of mobile phones and long hours on desk are a common cause for neck pain.
In some cases, the neck pain may be due to cervical spondylosis (degeneration of spinal discs), a herniated disc or spinal stenosis. Physiotherapy provides safe and sustainable solutions for management of neck pain.
At the time of your video consultation your physiotherapist shall understand your pain history, lifestyle and ask related questions. Close attention to history is critical in planning a treatment program for neck pain. You may be asked to perform certain movements on video and report the outcomes. After the assessment and examination, the doctor shall prepare a treatment program for you.
In case your condition is severe, we would advise you to visit a physiotherapist or a physician/ orthopedic in person.
The treatment program for you shall be personalised based on your history, symptoms and examination. The goals of the treatment are reduction of pain, healing and return to function and daily activities. Another objective would be to teach you the exercises which can help you strengthen the musculoskeletal structures around your neck to prevent any future injury. Physiotherapy treatment has been shown to be very effective in the management of neck pain.
The treatment program would usually involve rest, hot/ cold packs and prescriptive exercises to deliver the desired goals. You shall receive an online exercise prescription which shall be followed by an online video demonstration by your doctor. Some of your exercise sessions shall be supervised by your doctor to ensure that you have understood the exercises well and are doing them with correct form.
Your doctor will continue the follow up with you through emails and video calls to assist you in achieving the goals of the treatment program. You would have regular assessment of your progress and the treatment program shall be revised as required.