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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a very common issue for a wide range of people. Neck pain can hinder many normal daily activities and disturb sleep which may have a detrimental impact on coping with your work and leisure activities.

The physiotherapists at Liverpool Physio are extremely experienced at assessing and treating neck pain in all of its forms in order to promote your swift recovery.

What causes neck pain?

There are many causes of neck pain and these can be categorised by the structures that are causing the pain. Broadly speaking, neck pain can normally be divided into the following categories; mechanical, discogenic and neurological.
  • Mechanical pain refers to non-specific pain caused by muscular and joint dysfunction which causes abnormal stresses on the area.

  • Discogenic pain refers to pain originating from the intervertebral discs found between each of the vertebrae of the spine. Pain arising from these discs can result from a trauma such as whiplash or from degeneration over time.

  • Neurological pain relates to the nerve roots found exiting the spine. These can become entrapped or irritated causing inflammation following a trauma or degeneration of the vertebrae, reducing the space for the nerve to come out.
Due to the number of structures which can cause neck pain it is imperative to seek physiotherapy assessment as quickly as possible in order to obtain a diagnosis and specific treatment programme but also to prevent secondary problems and chronicity.

The most common specific causes of neck pain are:
  • Poor posture
  • Nerve root compression
  • Disc prolapse
  • Joint sprain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Spondylosis (degeneration)

What should I do if I have neck pain?

If you are experiencing neck pain it is important to arrange an assessment with a physiotherapist in order to prevent the problem becoming chronic.

Neck pain is experienced by most people at some time but if you feel that your neck pain is either increasing in frequency or pain levels or beginning to impact on your daily activities or sleep quality it is extremely important to be assessed by a physiotherapist. This is especially important if you have also experienced any sensation changes or pins and needles in your shoulders, arms or fingers as this may indicate nerve root compression which benefits from immediate treatment.

Long term neck pain can be relived by advice and treatment from our physiotherapist.Above: Long term neck pain can be relived by advice and treatment from our physiotherapist.

What would a physiotherapy assessment for neck pain involve?

A physiotherapy assessment involves two main components; a subjective assessment and an objective assessment. A thorough assessment is imperative not only to provide your physiotherapist with all the information required to treat you effectively but also to provide you with a diagnosis and prognosis.
  • The subjective assessment revolves around gaining information about you, your symptoms and how they are affecting you day to day with work and leisure activities.

  • The objective, or physical, assessment will typically look at your posture, neck range of movement, muscle strength, reflexes, sensation and palpation of soft tissues and the cervical spine. It is also common practice to also assess your shoulders and thoracic spine to ensure pain is not being referred from elsewhere.
Following a comprehensive assessment, your physiotherapist will be able to diagnose the cause of your pain.

What would physiotherapy treatment for neck pain involve?

Physiotherapy for neck pain will involve a tailor-made treatment plan with the intention of diminishing or reducing your neck pain in a way that takes into account your own personal circumstances and goals.

Treatment will begin immediately to promote a quick recovery and may commonly include a combination of the following:

Benefits of physiotherapy for neck pain

There are many benefits of physiotherapy for neck pain. Our overall aim is to enable you to return to your level of functioning prior to the onset of your neck pain as quickly and effectively as possible.

Benefits of physiotherapy are:
  • Elimination or reduction in pain
  • Increased neck range of movement
  • Reduced muscles spasm
  • Ease of nerve root compression
  • Increased function and daily activity

How can I arrange a physiotherapy assessment for neck pain?

If you feel that an assessment with one of our specialist physiotherapists may be of benefit to you or then please email us at or call on 0151 558 0077.


Neck pain is a common problem which can have a huge impact on your quality of life. Whether the cause is mechanical, discogenic or neurological, physiotherapy is essential for pain reduction, better quality of movement and restoration of function.

To book a musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessment for neck pain you can e-mail us on or call 0151 558 0077.

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