What is apophyseal wry neck?
Apophyseal wry neck refers to pain and stiffness arising from one or more of the apophyseal joints (joints between the vertebrae) in the neck. Physiotherapy is an excellent way of reducing symptoms of apophyseal wry neck.
What causes apophyseal wry neck?
Apophyseal wry neck normally occurs following a sudden movement causing a sharp pain in the neck.
What are the symptoms of apophyseal wry neck?
Apophyseal wry neck causes pain that is usually felt to one side of the neck. It may also radiate into the head, shoulder or arm. This pain is usually sharp and made worse by movement. In most situations it will prevent you from turning your head all the way to one side. Other symptoms include:
- reduced range of movement
- tingling / pins and needles
Physiotherapy for Apophyseal wry neck
Physiotherapy is very important in the treatment of apophyseal wry neck. Initially, your physiotherapist will make a diagnosis and determine the severity of your injury, enabling them to devise an appropriate treatment plan. Physiotherapy treatment may initially involve techniques to reduce your pain. Other physiotherapy options may include:
- Manipulation / Mobilisation
- Exercise Programmes
- Balance Exercises
- Proprioceptive Exercise
- Vestibular rehabilitation
Does apophyseal wry neck have any long-term effects?
As long it is properly diagnosed and appropriately treated, apophyseal wry neck usually does not cause any long-term effects. With the correct treatment, recovery usually takes place in a matter of days. The main ongoing problem associated with neck pain is its tendency to re-occur or come back.
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