Before our practitioners can determine the appropriate treatment for your specific neck injury and it’s treatment, they will thoroughly assess you with standard medical, Orthopedic and special Osteopathic tests. Using skilled evaluation, diagnosis and a wide range of hands-on techniques, our team can identify important types of neck injury symptoms in your body and determine personalised treatment plans to fix them.
Neck Pain & Injury Types:
- Sprain: An injury to a ligament caused by overuse or trauma.
- Strain: An injury to a tendon or muscle caused by overuse or trauma.
Whiplash is a common type of sprain often referred to a hyperextension and hyperflexion injury. Muscle pain that develops from cradling the phone between the ear and shoulder is an example of a strain. Both sprains and strains can cause severe pain and sometimes are temporarily disabling.
Neck Injury & Pain: The Symptoms
Typical symptoms include:
- Varying degrees of pain; mild to intense
- Sharp, dull, throbbing, and/or burning pain
- Stiffness, difficulty moving the neck or upper body
In addition to the above, whiplash symptoms may include:
- Jaw pain (immediate or delayed)
- Ringing in the ears
Neck Injury & Pain: Diagnosis
Our comprehensive diagnostic process includes:
- Medical history. Your practitioner talks to you about your symptoms, their severity, and what treatments you have already tried.
- Physical examination. You are carefully examined for movement limitations, balance problems, and pain. During the exam, the doctor evaluates loss of extremity reflexes, muscle weakness, loss of sensation, or other signs of a neurological problem.
- Diagnostic tests. Generally, we start with plain x-rays. If necessary, CT scans and MRIs are performed to obtain more detail about your spinal sprain or strain (i.e. rule out vertebral fracture).
Neck Injury Treatment: Nonoperative Options
Many different nonsurgical neck injury treatment & options help relieve neck sprain or strain symptoms. These include:
- Medications, such as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and pain, muscle relaxants to calm spasm, and occasionally, narcotic painkillers to alleviate acute pain.
- Cold/heat therapy, especially during the first 24-48 hours of pain onset.
- Soft cervical collar or brace*
- Osteopathy which may include gentle massage, stretching, therapeutic exercise, or traction to decrease pain and increase function.
- Dry Needling
*A cervical collar is a short-term treatment to help support tender and painful neck tissues while they heal. A collar can reduce neck and upper back pain by relieving muscle spasm and cervical fatigue.
In conjunction with these treatments, our team will educate you about healthy posture and proper body mechanics.
Symptoms of a cervical sprain or strain may be similar to other spinal disorders. If pain or symptoms persist or worsen, call our office for an appointment. Our medical staff will provide you with excellent information to help you recover and stay healthy.
For more information on how our team can help you, or to book an appointment contact us on (03) 9470 1010.