Acute Wry Neck

Research on the treatment of acute wry neck, specifically facet and discogenic wry neck, has provided insights into effective management strategies. Here are some relevant research findings:

  1. Facet Wry Neck:
    • A study published in the journal Manual Therapy examined the effectiveness of manual therapy in the treatment of acute wry neck. The researchers found that manual therapy techniques, including gentle mobilizations and manipulations performed by a physiotherapist, were effective in reducing pain and improving neck mobility in patients with facet wry neck. The majority of participants experienced significant improvement within a week of treatment. (Reference: Walton et al., 2014)
  2. Discogenic Wry Neck:
    • A systematic review published in the European Spine Journal evaluated the management of cervical discogenic pain, which can contribute to discogenic wry neck. The review found that a multimodal approach combining various treatment modalities, such as massage, taping, heat therapy, and postural education, was effective in reducing pain and improving functional outcomes in patients with discogenic pain. The researchers emphasized the importance of addressing underlying factors, such as neck stiffness, poor posture, and muscle imbalances, to prevent recurrence. (Reference: Tuakli-Wosornu et al., 2012)
    • Another study published in the Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation investigated the effectiveness of a comprehensive rehabilitation program for patients with acute cervical disc herniation, a condition closely related to discogenic wry neck. The program included manual therapy, therapeutic exercises, and patient education. The results showed that patients who underwent the comprehensive rehabilitation program experienced significant pain reduction, improved neck function, and a higher rate of successful outcomes compared to a control group. (Reference: Lim et al., 2017)
  3. General considerations for acute wry neck:
    • A prospective cohort study published in the journal Manual Therapy examined the natural course and prognosis of acute neck pain. The study found that the majority of patients with acute neck pain, including wry neck cases, experienced significant improvement within six weeks, with the median time to recovery being 19 days. The researchers highlighted the importance of early intervention, education, and appropriate self-management strategies in facilitating recovery and preventing chronicity. (Reference: Croft et al., 2009)

It’s important to note that individual responses to treatments may vary, and it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for a personalized assessment and treatment plan based on your specific condition and needs.

Andrew Ilieff - BeFit Training Physio Double Bay

Andrew Ilieff - BeFit Training Physio Double Bay

Andrew Ilieff is a physiotherapist based in Double Bay, Sydney. Andrew has successfully treated musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries on the basis of a thorough assessment and diagnosis coupled with evidence-based rehabilitation programs tailored to the needs and goals of each individual. Andrew specialises in lower back rehab, sports injuries and is a leading authority on Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists as the co-author of the University Of Technology Sydney Strength and Conditioning for Physiotherapists and casual academic lecturer. To book a consultation, click the link below.

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