What is a Neck Strain?
A Neck Strain occurs when these become pulled, stressed, overworked – leading to inflammation and pain. It signifies a muscle/ligament strain, and in some cases, the muscle may spasm and cause intense pain and immobility for patients.
What causes a Neck Strain?
The spine is supported with muscled, tendons and ligaments. This supporting tissue can become injured or strained during sporting activities, or caused by twisting/lifting, aggravated by poor posture, and long periods while working at a desk.
How is a Neck Strain diagnosed?
Diagnosis includes medical examination, x-ray, ultrasound and/or MRI/CT.
Treatment and recovery
A Neck Strain usually resolves after days/weeks with anti-inflammatory medication.
Conservative treatment includes physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxation medication. Spinal injection(s) to control pain for other conditions such as arthritis e.g. nerve block, epidural, facet joint injections. Recovery period can range between 4-6 weeks.
Surgery is only necessary if the back/neck pain/strain is related to Spondylosis or Fracture of the Spine.