Symptoms can typically persist for longer than 6 months, however it is important to speak with a physiotherapist early for advice on how to treat the neck pain. If following the road traffic accident you suffer from prolonged dizziness, fainting or problems with your speech, swallow or vision, you need to speak to a doctor as soon as possible.
How can Physiotherapy help my neck and back pain?
Physiotherapy is extremely beneficial for neck and low back pain with a large amount of research available which supports its effectiveness as a treatment method. There are a number of different treatment methods which can be used for low back pain which will depend on its presentation and severity. At Total Physiotherapy the physiotherapist will complete a thorough assessment, ruling out any sinister cases through asking specific questions. Once the physiotherapist has completed a thorough assessment, they will then be able to provide hands on treatment which again, will depend on the severity of the patient’s symptoms.
Treatment methods include soft tissue massage, acupuncture, exercise prescription, joint mobilisations, joint manipulations, stretching and trigger point release therapy. The physiotherapist’s at Total Physiotherapy use an evidence based approach and the above treatment methods have recommended in the NICE Guidelines for low back pain. We also have immediate access to MRI scans, if further investigation is deemed necessary.
As well as providing treatment, the physiotherapist will be able to advise with your desk set up and lifting postures when at work. They may also be able to advise you with your activity levels at work, encouraging certain movements to reduce your pain levels. This may be as simple as standing to have a stretch every 10-20 minutes if you sit at a desk all day. This will reduce the strain your back is put under and allow the soft tissues to lengthen.
Red Flags is a term used by health care professionals to highlight signs and symptoms of a serious underlying pathology. If the individual is suffering with back pain and they experience any changes in their bladder or bowel symptoms, radiating pins and needles or numbness down their legs to the toes, or numbness around the groin region, they need to visit their local A+E department for an immediate MRI scan. If the individual is suffering with neck pain then they need to be aware of any dizziness, problems with swallowing or speaking, changes in their vision (double vision) and fainting episodes. If they do experience these symptoms then they need to seek medical attention.
If you would like to discuss your problem before booking an appointment please give our physiotherapy team a call, we will do our best to help.