Why the Wry?

Don't settle for a sore, stiff neck!
If you’ve ever experienced neck pain/stiffness upon waking in the morning, after a sudden movement, or after being in one position for a prolonged period of time, you’ve sustained a ‘wry neck’.

There are two types of wry neck; discogenic and facet joint. A discogenic or disc related wry neck is usually pain experienced when waking in the morning with a stiff neck. It can result in radiating pain down into the back or shoulders. Whereas the facet joint wry neck is more common in children and younger adults and is likely to occur after sudden movement.

Whether you experience a discogenic or facet joint wry neck, movement is usually severely restricted which can result in a protective deformity - where muscle tone increases to protect a joint. You’ll find your head resting in a turned or side flexed position.

During the early phase of a wry neck, treatment is focused on pain relief with soft tissue release and gentle joint mobilisation. As pain begins to settle and movement begins to improve, treatment progresses to focus on incorporating motor control exercises to return you to your optimum function.

It is important to consider that the body’s adaptive response to an irritated joint then changes the superficial and deep muscle system synergy. Retraining the deep set of muscle with controlled, isolated movement patterning exercises is key to ensuring that a smooth transition is made back into normal activities and sport.

Stuck and need some assistance, Target Physio physiotherapists are able to help reduce your pain and improve your neck moment with personalised management plans to assist you in your return to function and fitness.
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