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Conditions

There are different levels of evidence showing effectiveness of acupuncture treating different diseases.

Neck Pain

Neck pain covers the area between skull and upper thoracic, it may also involve neuopathic pain & symptoms.

Pediatric Clinic Neck Anatomy

Neck Region Basic Anatomy

Neck is formed by seven cervical vertebraes, it support the skull which is approximately about 6-8% of total body weight. It also help the our cranial to receive sense from the environment, including vision, sound, smell, taste, and etc. 

There is atypical vertebrae, from C1 to C2, and typical vertebrae, from C3 to C7. Physiological motions of neck include flexion, extension, side bending and rotation. Neck also perform a convex curvature towards font side. Abnormal neck condition and pain would always relate to reverse curvature of neck, and express as kyphosis 

Neck Pain Condition

Neck Pain Common Causes

Neck pain conditions can be divided into acute and chronic neck pain. Acute neck pain is defined as the neck pain conditions lasting within 3 to 6 months, and the pain area is limited to the affected soft tissue. Chronic neck pain has the wide spreading characteristic and affecting multi soft tissue simultaneously. It is hypothesised that the lowering of pain threshold, leading to normal tactile stimulation can result in pain.

Common acute neck pain refers to Muscle Strain, Sport Injuries, Acute Torticollis  and Whiplash Injury. Chronic neck pain includes Neck Pain Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Fibromyalgia, etc.

Acute Torticollis

Acute Torticollis is characterised by sudden onset of neck single side tightness, self limited and recover spontaneously within 3-4 days. It is usually caused by Acute Muscle Strain or Fibrositis. However, recurrent torticollis may predispose to chronic neck pain syndrome. 

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injury is one of the injury mechanism that causes spinal trauma. Excessive flexion (hyper-flexion), and excessive extension (hyper-extension) can cause bone damage and tearing of muscle and ligaments, resulting in front and behind side soft tissue injuries. It is common seen in motor-vehicle accidents, and it is complicated by its injury mechanics. 

Neck Pain Syndrome

Neck Pain Syndrome refer to cluster of neck pain symptoms, various symptoms are determined by soft tissue affected, limited range of motion, nerve root distribution pins and needles, spinal cord compression symptoms, and sympathetic nervous system symptoms. 

Here is the precautions when suffering neck pain syndrome:

  • Keep neck region warm.
  • Keep good sitting posture, avoid sitting on sofa.
  • Do gentle neck mobilisation exercise every hour.
  • Avoid weight lifting, or it will cause neck muscle tightness again.
  • Avoid using tablet or cell phone, and bending neck forward posture would cause neck tightness.
  • Improve office working posture, with ergonomic design table and chair. 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects about 2% of the population, and it is a non-arthritic rheumatic disease. According to College of American Rheumatology, diagnostic criteria includes number of painful area in 19 parts of body, and severity of following symptoms, including fatigue, waking un-refreshed, cognitive (memory or thought) problems.

Compare Different Neck Pain Conditions:

  Etiology Symptoms Treatment Focus
Acute Torticollis  Strained Muscle Opposite limitation of side-bending and rotation Muscle Relaxation, and pain control
Whiplash Injury Motor vehicle Accidents, involve acceleration and deceleration neck motion Instability of Neck, and recurrent neck pain condition Muscle training to improve stability
Neck Pain Syndrome Poor posture, Weak Neck Muscle, Imbalance Neck Muscle Condition, Aging  Neck Pain, Limited Motion, Upper or Lower Leg Symptoms  Improve range of motion, correct spine alignment
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome  Poor Posture, Neck Muscle strained Nerve or Blood Vessels Compression Symptoms   Release Compression
Fibromyalgia  Unknown Multi area pain at the same time  Pain Relief, also focus  on Insomnia and Emotion

   

How Traditional Chinese Medicine and Physiotherapy Help?

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    Posture & Ergonomic advice

    Correct posture, stretching and strengthening techniques.

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    Acupuncture and dry needling [Read]

    Acupuncture is safe and effectively treat chronic neck pain.1 

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    Cupping therapy  [Read]

    Reduce pain, and improve function and quality of life.

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    Massage and Manual therapy

    Release muscle tightness, improve joint alignment and function. 

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    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Nature way of Pain Killer, and improve sleep quality.[Read]

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    Exercise Therapy

    Promote injured tissue healing, improve function of the affected area

Reference:

1. Yin, C., Buchheit, T.E., Park J.J.. (2017, October). Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview. Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology , 30(5), 583-592. doi:10.1097/ACO.0000000000000501.

2. Saha , F. J., Schumann, S., Cramer, H., Hohmann, C., Choi, K. E., Rolke, R., . . . Lauche, R. (n.d.). The Effects of Cupping Massage in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain - A Randomised Controlled Trial. Complementary Medicine Research, 24(1), 26-32. doi:10.1159/000454872.

Other Commonly Seen Conditions 

Back Pain Condition
Shoulder Pain Condition
Elbow Pain Condition
Wrist Pain Condition

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  • Physical Therapy HK$480-580
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