Neck Pain Treatment Point Cook

When To Start Worrying About Neck Pain

Your neck plays an extremely important role in the overall wellbeing of your body. Read on to learn more about neck pain – its symptoms, causes and when to seek treatment.

When you think about it, the neck really is the most vulnerable part of your body. Sure, your brain and heart are the key organs keeping you vertical, but they both have a strong armour protecting them from external forces. Your neck, on the other hand, is the corridor that houses all the essential lines of communication for life. So, if you are experiencing any problems in your neck, you need to know to when to act and get neck pain treatment before it worsens.

Any sort of pain that occurs in your neck can prevent you from going about your daily activities. It is important to understand what kind of pain you are experiencing in order to determine its riskiness. The two main types of neck pain that you may be experiencing are acute neck pain or chronic neck pain.

Acute Neck Pain

Acute neck pain usually occurs due to a muscle or soft tissue strain. This type of injury can be a result of a sudden movement or from straining your neck for a long period of time. Swelling will usually occur in the joints and this is what causes the pain. An acute injury usually heals with time, commonly over 2 to 3 weeks, assuming there is no other biochemical issues involved.

The most common type of acute injury to the neck is a cervical facet joint sprain. The neck is comprised of many bones known as vertebrae. A facet joint forms between the vertebrae where the vertebrae is sitting atop another. In total, there are 14 of these joints in the neck. The Cervical spine provides the most movement in all the spinal joints, so it is no wonder that these joints occasionally get “jarred” or “sprained”.

Chronic Neck Pain

If your neck pain persists for over a number of weeks of month, chronic neck pain is what you are experiencing. A minor pain that may not seem to be a problem can easily turn out to be an ongoing problem. Some neck pains come and go whilst some are constant. It is important in these instances to seek help from one of our professionals immediately.

An example of chronic neck pain is a Cervical disc bulge of herniation. Between each vertebrae, lies a disc. The disc is a soft structure that acts as a shock absorber designed to reduce the stress on the joints of the Cervical spine. These are often damaged when the neck is stuck in a position that is alternate to its natural posture. This uneven pressure causes the disc to bulge in a direction opposite to where it is being squashed.

Causes Of Neck Pain

The neck is one of the greatest compensators of our body. Lift your arm up far enough and your neck will move forward. Twist yours hips to the left and your neck will move to the right. It is this sort of chain reaction effect, that the neck produces with any other movement of the body, that is at the heart of its demise.

The job of the neck is to maintain a level outlook of the horizon and to keep its eyes focused straight ahead for any oncoming danger. Therefore, anything that will cause the body to be twisted or tilted will cause damage to the neck, given the displacement is severe enough. Depending on the degree of pain you are experiencing, you may consider getting neck pain treatment with a professional. Our highly-qualified team of physiotherapists and osteopaths are here to help with any neck pain you may be experiencing.

At-Home Neck Pain Treatment

Before seeking help, though, there are a number of relief options you can attempt at home. The first thing you can try is heat. A heat pack can immediately reduce the neck pain you are experiencing. It should be noted that cold, as opposed to heat, is seldom suggested for the neck. This is because it is rare for visible swelling or redness to occur with neck problems.

Anti-inflammatories can also offer short-term relief but remember to consult with your pharmacist before taking any medication. Another relief option is to get a massage as it offers short-term symptomatic relief. Although beneficial, it should not be relied upon for ongoing management of neck pain. At-home neck pain treatment may work in the short term, but if you experience pain lasting more than three days, it’s important to speak with a member of our team.

When To Get Neck Pain Treatment At Point Cook Physical

If you are experiencing severe neck pain because of a traumatic injury (i.e. car accident) or a high fever (i.e. meningitis), please contact for help immediately. If at-home care does not ease the pain, then get in touch today with one of our highly-qualified experts who can assist with all of your enquiries. We typically suggest booking an appointment if:

  • Neck pain has been bothering you for more than three days
  • The pain is not improving/It’s getting worse
  • You develop other symptoms such as numbness, weakness, dizziness or headaches

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to neck pain treatment or your pain in general, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9369 9766, or book online now! Make sure to follow us on our Facebook page as well to keep up with latest promotions and activities.

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Have You Jumped The Gun? A Guide to Patellar Tendinopathy or Jumper’s Knee

Jumper’s Knee, also known as patellar tendinopathy, refers to a pain, ache or possible tightness of the tendon between the patella (the kneecap) and the tibial tuberosity (the bony protuberance below the knee cap). Read on to learn Jumper’s Knee Treatment options that are right for you.

As a common condition, Jumper’s Knee can occur to all different types of people. While many basketball players experience this condition, it’s just as likely to occur in an adolescent who spends too much time on the trampoline, an office worker climbing stairs or a tradie ascending a ladder. That’s why Jumper’s Knee treatment is a common occurrence across the industry.

Most practitioners, however, will treat Jumper’s Knee by strengthening or stretching the quadriceps muscle. But what if I told you that this sort of solution is failing to address the real problem? For those of you who have jumped the gun, read on to find out how you find a real solution to a pain-free life.

What is Jumper’s Knee?

Jumper’s Knee is considered by sports doctors as an ‘overuse injury’. As a result of repeated strain, micro-tears and tissue degeneration can occur in the patella tendon.

The condition should be distinguished from patella tendonitis (or simply tendinitis) which involves an acute inflammation of the tendon. This usually settles down after a few days of rest and recuperation.

Patellar tendinopathy (Jumper’s Knee) relates directly to the irreversible degeneration of the tendon itself. In practice, the majority of chronic cases tend to be this type of degenerative damage (i.e. Jumper’s Knee).

Although Jumper’s Knee is an ‘overuse injury’, there are a range of factors which may increase your likelihood of encountering the condition. These include;

  • Poor foot biomechanics
  • Weak quadriceps muscles
  • Incorrect training practices
Common Causes Of Jumper’s Knee

Like most injuries treated at Point Cook Physical, Jumper’s Knee is typically caused by a combination of culminating circumstances.

Common causes include;

  • Sports which require sudden changes in direction or acceleration
  • Occupations that necessitates climbing up and down stairs/ladders
  • Poor foot and ankle movement
  • Inadequate range of motion in the hips
  • Restricted motion in the spine

The first issue is associated with sports which require sudden accelerations or changes in direction. When repeated over a long period of time, these movements can negatively impact the strength and condition of your knee joint.

Having said that, any occupation which necessitates climbing up and down stairs/ladders may place similar stress upon the patella tendon, rendering it more prone to dysfunction.

The second relevant factor is the functioning of the rest of the body. Poor foot and ankle movement or inadequate range of motion in the hips will put excessive pressure upon the knee, in particular the patella tendon. Restricted or inflexible motion in the spine, namely the thoracic spine, will also upset the knee and its associated tissues.

Jumper’s Knee Treatment Options

Typical treatment for Jumper’s Knee involves;

  • Rest
  • Knee braces
  • An ultra-sound
  • Anti-inflammatory non-steroidal medication
  • Stretching/strengthening of the quadriceps
  • And, if the condition persists, injection of the patella tendon with cortisone

While these solutions may assist in reducing the severity of your symptoms in the short-term, none of these treatment options will actually resolve the true cause of Jumper’s Knee. Rather, Jumper’s Knee treatment needs to be centred around increasing the flexibility in your hip joint and restoring the correct range of motion in your feet.

At Point Cook Physical, our highly-skilled practitioners are trained in cutting-edge Jumper’s Knee treatment options; because of the likelihood of chronic pain, it’s important that you seek treatment options which offer the best chance of resolving the issue completely.

Long-Term Pain Solutions

If you’re suffering from chronic knee pain, the good news is we have a solution for you. Patella tendonitis, or Jumper’s Knee, occurs when surplus stress is placed upon it by other areas of the body.

To see a marked reduction in pain and a return to full function and use, it’s vitally important that you improve bodily mechanics in a holistic manner. When you do this correctly, you’ll notice an immediate reduction in pain. Unfortunately, it’s difficult to diagnose this at home. While stretching or resistance exercises may help in the short-term, only a real examination of the surrounding conditions will offer true hope of reducing the pain entirely.

Find Your Jumper’s Knee Treatment Options Now

Don’t suffer alone in pain. Our highly-qualified, friendly staff are here to help. Whether you’re experiencing knee pain for the first time or you’ve battled patella tendonitis for years, we have a treatment option that’s right for you.

Book an appointment now and discuss your options with one of our trained professionals. Unless you seek a personalised treatment plan, it’s very likely that your ailment will remain, the tendon will stay inflamed and your condition will continue to deteriorate.

Call us on 03 9369 9766 or Book Online now to speak with one of the specialists at Point Cook Physical. And be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest promotions and activities!

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