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Neck Pain Relief Ottawa

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Do you know that at any given time, 10% to 20% of people report or experience neck pain? There can be several reasons for it such as whiplash injury, age-related changes, a sedentary lifestyle or excessive use of computers. Neck pain can be debilitating and painful. If left untreated, it might get worse and cause a lot of discomfort in the arms and hands.  

The practitioners at Kent Chiro-Med (downtown Ottawa) can help. Contact us today to book an appointment. 

Our expert Chiropractors and Physiotherapists  diagnose and treat patients suffering from neck pain. Many patients rely on our expertise to achieve the following rehabilitation goals:

Causes Of Neck Pain

Degeneration Of Joints

The neck joint can deteriorate with age causing pain. Osteoarthritis is one of the major causes of damaging joints. It diminishes the cartilage between the vertebrae in the neck, causing pain. 

Diseases

Neck pain can be caused by a variety of diseases and conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis, and cancer.

Disc Problems

Sometimes the disc bulges/prolapses in the neck and squeezes a nerve. This pinched nerve causes severe pain in the neck and symptoms in arms like tingling or weakness.  

Strains In Muscles

Poor posture can cause tension in the muscles in your neck. Even simple things like sitting at your desk all day with a craned neck towards the computer screen can cause stiff neck or muscular pain. 

Injuries

Whiplash is one of the most prevalent causes of neck pain and is usually caused by a car accident or a high-impact sports incident. This is referred to as a strain injury because the head whips back and forth fast, injuring the soft tissues at the back of the neck.

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Signs That You Need Physical Therapy For Neck Pain Relief

  • Unspecified Chronic Pain– If you experience neck stiffness, soreness, or sharp muscle pain, it is best to see a physiotherapist.
  • Persistent Neck Pain With Other Symptoms– If you have been consistently experiencing neck pain, or developed other symptoms such as headaches, pain in your arm or discomfort in the spinal cord, you should consult a physiotherapist. 
  • Recovering From An Injury– Some injuries, such as whiplash, can damage soft tissues, neck muscles or joints in the neck, resulting in pain and/or stiffness. A physical therapy programme can relieve neck pain and restore normal function to the neck. 
  • Recovering From Surgery– Some neck surgeries can cause significant pain and stiffness in the following weeks and months. When the muscles are reconditioned, physical therapy may help to work through stiffness, improve neck function, and reduce or prevent painful spasms. 

Types of Neck Pain

Why Choose Kent Chiro-Med Wellness Clinic For The Treatment of Neck Pain

Visit our downtown Ottawa location for treatment options. We pride ourselves on our treatment facilities and expertise, which can help you as follows:

Customized Treatment Plans

We understand that no two patients are alike. We listen to each of our patients, identify the root cause of the neck pain and provide treatment accordingly.

Experienced Physiotherapists

Our physiotherapists have years of experience in treating neck pain through various modalities. We fix the root cause of your neck injury and not just the symptoms.

Prevention

In most cases, neck pain results from a wrong posture. We can advise you of the ideal workstation setup to help prevent neck pain in future. We can also correct your posture in sitting, standing and lying.

Variety of Treatment Options

We are equipped to provide a variety of treatment options. Depending on the cause of your neck pain, we will provide a treatment plan according to your unique situation.

Treatment Options

Treatment for neck pain varies from physical therapy to exercises, depending on your situation

TENS Therapy

This neck pain therapy uses electrical impulses to relieve pain.

Traction

This therapy employs a specialized device to gently extend your neck. It may treat neck pain if nerve root irritation is the source of your pain. 

Manual therapy

Manual therapy may be recommended as part of a larger treatment plan for other diseases or chronic conditions.

Hot and Cold Packs

Depending on the kind of neck pain and its causes, your physiotherapist might recommend the use of hot and cold packs. Cold packs reduce swelling to provide instant neck pain relief. Heat packs encourage the flow of blood to the affected areas to loosen up stiff muscles.  

Rising Prevalence Of Neck Pain In Canada

  • In March 2020, a survey found that around 3.6% of people around the world suffered from neck pain. 
  • Neck and shoulder problems account for 18% of all disability payments in the US. 
  • The total cost of neck pain in the Netherlands in 1996 is estimated to be 1% of total health care expenditure. 

Frequently Asked Questions

An x-ray or an MRI scan is not recommended for everyone before the treatment. However, if your physiotherapist feels that your symptoms need further investigation, he will contact your General Practitioner to discuss this. 

Invasive surgery is not usually needed. A very small percentage of people require invasive procedures. We will discuss your diagnosis and recommended plan of action with you. If needed, we can contact your general practitioner to decide the best course of action. Physiotherapy proves to be helpful for most patients. Our recommended strategies and exercises can help prevent problems in future.  

For most patients, neck pain is caused by poor lifestyle choices such as a wrong posture. When they adopt a healthy lifestyle and correct posture, it can help prevent neck pain and stiffness. 

You can use a better workstation for improved posture. It can include platforms to elevate your monitor screen and comfortable chairs. 

Another way to prevent neck pain is to be more mobile and active. Try to avoid hours of watching the screen without getting up. 

You can also do exercises and stretches as well as apply heat or cold packs as recommended by your physician at home. This can provide back of neck pain relief. 

Some people use a neck pain device at home. It is a posture pump that helps cure chronic neck pain. However, it should be used after consultation with your physiotherapist. 

Are You Ready To Live a Pain-Free Life?

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