Neck Pain

Neck pain is incredibly common but usually doesn’t stem from a serious problem. Neck pain or stiffness can also be involved in symptoms of headaches, dizziness, and nausea. We can assess and advise on ways to overcome some of these issues, as well as providing sensible exercises and manual therapy to help treat your symptoms.

What type of neck pain do you have?

We see many different types of neck pain at Essex Physiotherapy Clinic clinic. From postural neck pain caused by sitting still, tapping away on laptop keys for hours, or too much uninterrupted screen time with games or on phones, to whiplash injuries, sustained in road traffic accidents and arthritis. Sometimes pain starts in the neck, but it can travel across the top of the shoulder, down to the shoulder blades or into the arm and hand. Some neck pains are accompanied by tingling or numbness down the arm or into the hand.


Different types of arthritis can affect the neck. These may include osteoarthritis (wear and tear changes), and rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory arthritis). These are often linked to degenerative issues and can cause irritation to other structures such as the nerves and discs.

Disc Injuries

Discs have a fibrous outer wall and a gel centre. They act as shock absorbing spacers between the vertebrae (spinal bones). When they suffer from wear and tear, or they get injured, they become less efficient, which can lead to degeneration and pressure on the bones, nerves, and surrounding soft tissues.


This describes the uncontrolled forward and backwards movement of the neck and head when we suddenly accelerate or decelerate as in a car crash or other collision. This type of injury can affect multiple joints in the neck causing sprains, strains and sometimes fractures. The surrounding soft tissues and nerves can also be damaged. It can also cause irritation or injury to the brain which is shaken inside the skull. The severity of symptoms varies depending on the severity of the impact.

Neck Pain Which Lingers

Neck pain is generally classed as chronic when it persists or frequently recurs for at least three months. It can result from many conditions and injuries, can range from mild to severe, and can lead to issues such as regular numbness in certain fingers and headaches.

How we can help

At Essex Physiotherapy, your therapist will carry out a thorough assessment, looking at the movements and activities you can still do, anything you can’t do and deciding if further investigation such as an x-ray, blood tests or a scan is needed. Neck pain can impact your life and hobbies but will usually settle readily if dealt with correctly. A combination of exercise therapy, manual therapy, soft tissue therapies, and pain relief often proves helpful. Combined with education on what’s happening and why, things can often improve quickly. Mindset coaching can also make a huge difference to overcoming fear and limiting beliefs that hold back our recovery.

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