Case Study – Neck Pain

April 10, 2016 | By | Reply


Jai P, 33-year-old businessman complained of neck pain since 4 to 5 months. His work required him to sit in front of the laptop for long hours, carry laptop bag and travel to various locations in and around city. He complained of neck pain post 3 pm. After that his pain would progressively increase to a point where he had to take a pain killer almost every day.

The pain was located at the base of the neck on both the sides.

On evaluation – all neck range of movements were full with mild end range pain.

On muscle evaluation and kinetic chain assessment, he had various trigger points (a painful area in a muscle which causes generalized discomfort when irritated) in his muscles along with muscle strength imbalances.

To release trigger points, 3 sessions of Dry needling in the upper trapezius and levator scapulae was done.

Following this, two sessions of Myofascial release for the muscles which were tight was done.

After this, exercises to strengthen the weak muscles of the neck were taught.
As per the kinetic chain assessment weak muscles were trained.
Importance of correct ergonomics was emphasized.
He did exercises at home. He came once every week for next 3 weeks to increase the level of his exercises.
To further enhance the muscle strength and endurance, he enrolled for Pilates Reformer.

In 6 weeks he was pain free in all activities. He had no pain while carrying his laptop bag, commuting long distance or sitting in front of laptop.
Also he was counselled on the importance of continuing home exercise programme to maintain the level of strength and endurance of muscles that his profession demands.
Here is what Jai had to say for the Physio Rehab Team…

I started visiting Physio Rehab after I had a neck injury which left me in such pain that I could not sit in front of a computer for more than a couple of hours a day. For a person who spends almost 6 days in a week entirely in front of his computer this was disastrous for my professional life.

Dr. Isha assessed my injury as well as the effect it was having on my professional and personal life. This is one of the best things about Physio Rehab. They have the skills to understand the mental and emotional aspect of an injury apart from the physical part of it.

Dr. Isha then helped me to gradually get into a disciplined routine of strength training and stretching that gradually lessened my pain, till one fine day I was completely pain free. Not only has my neck healed properly, but it also feels stronger.

I wish Dr. Isha & the entire team at Physio Rehab all the best in all their future endeavours!

Thank you,
Jai Pangaonkar

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