Acute neck pain is no picnic! Just about everyone has had that ‘pain in the neck’ at some point in their life. When it happens, it can make life hugely miserable until it goes away. People who experience it often find that it suddenly comes on without warning and can be quite painful for several days. It can be difficult and painful to achieve your usual range of motion, in fact, sometimes it is impossible to move your head even slightly. There are many potential causes of acute neck pain that are related to soft tissue or muscular sprain and to other areas as well.
Some Causes of Acute Neck Pain:
It can happen due to a number of reasons, such as:
- Whiplash – due to a car accident, for instance, where your body is suddenly jarred,
- Straining the neck due to over exertion in exercise or because of heavy lifting,
- A pinched nerve in the neck,
- Sleeping in an unusual position or sitting at a computer for too long in a non-ergonomic position,
- Stress, causing you to move in a certain way, tensing your muscles for long periods of time,
- An underlying medical issue where acute neck pain is a side effect of the issue.
The above isn’t an exhaustive list of reasons for sudden onset of neck pain but gives you an idea of the fact that many issues could be causing neck pain. Sometimes, the pain goes away on its own after a day or two. Other times it lasts longer.
Many things could help, such as pain relievers, muscle relaxers, muscle rubs or sprays, hot or cold compresses, and perhaps sometimes, even a neck brace. An osteopath could also help you by treating you and making recommendations to help your neck heal more speedily and more completely.
Should You See an Osteopath About Your Acute Neck Pain?
Osteopathic medicine can be a big help for those suffering from neck pain or other musculoskeletal issues. Osteopathic treatment can be done both reactively and proactively for overall health and well-being. Many osteopath patients benefit from soft tissue massage, gentle mobilisation movements and manipulation that can help heal you faster from the pain and limitation of acute neck pain. Your osteopath can also make recommendations for exercise and good ergonomics as well as coping with stress that can help you to minimise future neck, shoulder and back pain problems.
If you’re in need of advice from a Sydney osteopath, contact the team from Sydney Osteopathic Medicine. Our Osteopaths have extensive experience in the treatment of acute neck pain.