What causes acute wry neck pain?

Wry neck can have several causes. The most common cause is a locked facet joint but it can be also caused by a cervical disc injury.Uncomfortable pillow, sedentary lifestyle, stress are in the common reported history, however onset of the wry neck is usually sudden.

What are the sypmtoms of acute wry neck pain?

Pain, loss of movements, muscle spasm, numbness, pins and needles on the arm or fingers




Physiotherapy for acute wry neck pain

  • active and passive exercises to improve ranfe of movement and prevent stiffness
  • soft tissue massage
  • trigger point therapy
  • postural advise, checking the sitting posture at work ar at the computer


Whiplash is usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes the head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain. The sudden violent force stretches and tears the muscles and tendons in the neck. Whiplash may also be caused by contact sport or a slip or fall.

What are the symptoms of Whiplash?

Pain in the back of the neck which is worse on movements, radiating pain up to the head, across to the shoulders, arms or between the shoulder blades, dizziness, weakness and heavines in arms, problems with balance

Physiotherapy for whiplash

  • Use of ice to reduce pain and swelling
  • active and passive exercises
  • soft tissue massage
  • ultrasound therapy
  • postural alignment training

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