Neck pain is common in people of all ages and can present acutely or be a more gradual chronic pain issue. It can be caused by a number of causes including normal age related “wear and tear” degenerative changes also called “spondylosis” or “osteoarthritis”, as well as acute flares of pain which can be linked to your posture/occupation or even whiplash.  

Pain may also be experienced which travels from the neck, down the arms and into the fingers. Pins and needles or numbness in the hand or arm can be caused by neck problems. These symptoms may be due to irritation of a nerve in the neck and is called radicular pain. This form of pain often settles down on its own with time,  however it can be very painful and you may need to see your GP if symptoms are extremely painful as you may need some medication to help manage the symptoms.  

On rare occasions the nerves in your neck may become compressed, causing a weakness in the arm, making it difficult for you to use your arm or hands for tasks such as holding a cup, unscrewing jars or fastening buttons on clothing etc. If you have such symptoms you should seek a medical assessment with your GP.  

Please click on the appropriate section, on the left of the screen, most representative of your type of neck pain for further information and exercises.

Dealing with Neck Pain

The first thing is to try and ease it through movement – see the video for some neck exercises.

Movement may be sore and may require some painkillers such as ibuprofen and/or paracetamol (read the box or ask your pharmacist for details on how to take them).

If you find that your neck pain is worse after being at work, you may require an assessment of your workstation. Your employer should be able to organise this.

Neck Mobility Exercises
Isometric Neck Strengthening Exercises

Please note -
These are general exercises, seek advice if you are unsure.

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