A physiotherapist can help with cervical spine pain and disability. The examination begins with a thorough assessment to determine the source of the pain. It will also examine how the pain has changed over time.
About half of cases can be identified as to the cause of the pain, but the rest cannot. The physio can use the information from the location and behavior of the pain to determine the root cause and the treatment options.
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The first thing the physiotherapist will do is investigate the pain. It is important to determine if the pain is localized or if it affects other areas of the body. If the pain is severe and concentrated, the physiotherapist may conclude that it may be due to poor posture or some other degenerative condition.
On the other hand, a referred feeling may indicate a pinched nerve or another problem.
Neck pain can be a sign of many pathologies. The physio will ask the patient all the questions, including past medical history, weight loss and bladder control, quality of sleep and appetite, medication use, and general health.
Begin the objective examination by asking the patient to remove their upper body clothing and examine the position of their trunk, neck, and shoulders. Common postural abnormalities that can cause pain include a rounded shoulder and a humped thoracic spinal spine.
To get important information about the health of the neck, cervical ranges of motion are measured. The physio will be able to determine the type of neck pain and the best way to treat it by analyzing the movement response. To pinpoint the problem, cervical rotation, flexion, and extension are all evaluated.