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Muscular Neck Conditions

Muscular Neck Conditions

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Many muscles attach to the neck and provide support to the head as well as enabling us to move in a variety of directions. Pain is often felt in the trapezius muscles, particularly the upper fibres which run from the base of the head and across to the shoulder.


  • Generalised pain, often an aching sensation across the top of the shoulder/s
  • Often pain at end of range movements e.g. turning the head or tilting ear across to shoulder
  • Does not radiate down the arm or into the hand/fingers
  • Aggravated by prolonged positions e.g. reading


  • Activity modification
  • Ice or heat
  • Pain relief
  • Physiotherapy to include range of movement exercises and strengthening exercises


Not appropriate

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Muscular Neck Conditions