Cradling the phone between your shoulder and ear
I’m staggered at often I go into a hotel reception lobby, or even my doctors surgery to see the receptionists taking multiple calls on the phone, without using a headset, yet they are still expected to write, or type and use the computer at the same time. It’s madness. I call it postural or neck hari-kari as it’s very likely to give you pain and I can only ask you now, please stop! Ask your boss for a cordless (NOT corded) headset so you can move about, be active and have two hands free to type and work. This raises health at work and safety issues, but there are now options to cater for all manner of working environments. If all else fails and you can’t do this, then you need to find a job which requires minimal phone use.
Falling asleep sitting on the sofa
I’m sure we’ve all done this, but it can give a nasty whiplash type jolt to the neck if we are not careful.
- Constantly looking down
- Typing, looking down at the desk
Acute neck pain are assessed as following:
- full history regarding onset, cause, aggravating and relieving factors.
- questioned about daily activities, work and lifestyle.
- clinical examination with any necessary neurological examination.
- Treatment options and prognosis will be given
- Treatment will commence usually on the first visit, unless further examination, tests, review of scan or x-reports or referral for scans are required.
- X-rays, CT or MRI is not required for non-traumatic acute neck pain, but considered if trauma caused the injury.
- Patients with acute neck pain are recommended early treatment to prevent long-term disability.
The aim of treatment with acute neck pain is improve mobility to the neck, reduce pain and help patients return to work and their normal daily lives as soon as possible.
Treatment for acute neck pain includes:
- Ice treatment or alternative anti-inflammatory treatments in the initial stages
- Muscle releasing treatments, contract-relax, isometric, PNF and trigger point therapy.
- Manipulation of the cervical spine if the patient agrees and not prevented by excessive muscle spasm.
- Mobilisation, soft tissue therapies to the deep muscle spasm
- Exercise and lifestyle advice
- Encouragement and guidance how to remain active without causing further stress to the injury.