How to manage neck pain


Neck pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions, and is often multifactorial in origin. It is more commonly reported in women, and peaks around the age of 50 years.


The most common findings in those that suffer neck pain include: degenerative changes, poor posture, headache, altered muscle control, hypersensitivity, negative emotion and sleep disturbance. This highlights the need to address the diverse nature of neck pain, to ensure sufficient recovery is reached.


No single approach to neck pain has found to be optimal. Rather, a multimodal patient-centred perspective, such as exercise and manual therapy, self-management strategies, education and predisposing factors to their symptoms has shown to produce the best results.