Neck pain treatment is one of the most common presenting conditions in physiotherapy clinics.  Together with low back pain, the two conditions account for approximately 50% of the entire workload of a physiotherapy practice.  Like lower back pain, most neck pain is not serious, settles quickly, doesn’t require scanning and is most appropriately treated with physiotherapy and pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications.

Key to the successful treatment of neck pain is the identification and addressing of predisposing causes of the condition.  Contrary to what one might expect, spinal pain – both neck pain and lower back pain – is most commonly found in people with sedentary or office jobs, and relatively less so amongst workers with a manual or physical component to their days work.  Sitting at a desk with poor posture over a prolonged period of time of up to 8 hours per day is far more detrimental to your neck health than manual work.  It’s apparent therefore that activity, exercise and movement more generally have a sparing effect on your neck.  

It’s perhaps this logic that has lead to the researching and changing of our management of neck pain.  Neck braces, immobilisation, prolonged bed rest and lengthy spells off work have been replaced by much more active approaches to the rehabilitation of the neck pain patient.  Unfortunately the return to work, particularly when this involves return to a desk remains challenging as posture change doesn’t happen quickly, and ergonomic desk assessments are not always readily available. 

Effective Neck Pain Treatment

Very often your neck pain treatment cure can be quite a simple change to your desk for it to be gone once and for all.  On numerous occasions, patients with neck pain have had their condition eliminated once and for all by merely moving their monitor more centrally rather than have it offset to the right or left – eliminating a prolonged posture with their neck turned to the side.  Another good general tip is ensuring that you’re not repetitively turning to one side (for example to a printer on the right) which could result in the development of a repetitive strain disorder.

Remember ergonomic desk assessment isn’t complicated.  The solution to the source of your problem may be very obvious but without identification and elimination of the underlying cause, your neck pain is set to continue.