Mechanical Neck Pain

Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Our team at RRMG can assess your pain to give you the best diagnosis and treatment plan.


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What is Mechanical Neck Pain?

Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from lack of activity and maintained positions — whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench. Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.

Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Our team at RRMG can assess your pain to give you the best diagnosis and treatment plan.


Muscle strains.

Overuse, such as too many hours sitting, or maintaining any static posture often triggers muscle strains.


Nerve compression.

Herniated disks or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck can press on the nerves branching out from the spinal cord.


Facet (Zygapophysial) Joint Pain (Dysfunction)


Whiplash injuries.

Rear-end auto collisions often result in whiplash injury, which occurs when the head is jerked backward and then forward, straining the soft tissues of the neck


There are many different conditions that can cause neck pain, so a thorough medical history is performed as part of the examination. Important questions are asked to ascertain the source of the pain, and then a physical examination will be performed.

Additional diagnostic tests for neck pain include:

X-ray – Provides information on the bones in the spine; used to test for spinal instability, tumors and fractures.

MRI scan – Displays a detailed cross-section of the components of the spine.

Treatment with Painkillers

Paracetamol is effective in treating most cases of neck pain. A stronger painkiller, such as codeine, is also an option and is sometimes taken in addition to paracetamol. If muscle spasms are present, a short course of a muscle relaxant, such as diazepam, can be taken. Some people find that non-sterodial anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen, are more effective.

Treatment with Osteopathy

Osteopathy use a variety of hands on treatment techniques, appropriate to the patient and suited to the condition suffered. Treatment is different in every individual and sometimes it might involve treating other areas in the back and shoulders as well as the neck.


  • Common techniques include:
  • Joint Mobilisation
  • Stretch techniques and Myofascial release
  • Joint Manipulation
  • Cranial and Visceral approaches
  • Kinesio Taping

Injections for neck pain

Injections are used to target areas of pain and the nerves that are causing you a problem. 

Furthermore, if necessary, you will be provided with a tailormade exercise programme via email specific to your needs in order to help with your recovery.

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A former professional basketball player, Emanuele is a passionate and enthusiastic Italian Osteopath. Emanuele’s professionalism, passion and a non-judgemental approach are part of his everyday clinical practice. ​His motto is “Everyone is different, and therefore has to be treated differently.”

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