Neck pain affects many Australians with a lifetime prevalence of neck pain in adults estimated to be between 50-80%. Acute neck pain refers to any pain in the neck that has been present for less than 3 months. Acute pain can be associated with a traumatic incidence such as a whiplash-associated disorder but is more often idiopathic (without cause) in nature as in the case of Torticollis. Chronic neck pain is therefore pain that has been occurring for longer than 3months.
Following a thorough health history, neurological, orthopedic and physical assessment the Chiropractic Doctor will ascertain if your problem is a chiropractic case or not. If your neck pain is a Chiropractic case, then an individual treatment plan will be made based on the results of your examination. If your problem is not a chiropractic case, then your chiropractor will refer you to the appropriate healthcare professional.