Neck Pain, whichever form it takes, severely affects our day-to-day functioning and our lifestyle. It can be in the form of TMJ neck pain, Whiplash neck pain, age, or even arthritis. It can be mild because of an incorrect sleeping position, bad posture, or intense due to an injury or sudden impact.

Neck Pain can severely impact your quality of sleep, ability to perform day-to-day tasks and in severe cases of TMJ neck pain, it can even affect your ability to eat. So to get to an accurate treatment plan it is imperative that you correctly identify your symptoms as people have different manifestations of neck pain due to genetics or pre-existing health conditions. 

Physiotherapy for neck pain is a great non-invasive, drug-free technique that can help alleviate neck pain. It consists of dedicated exercises that target affected muscles to help reduce inflammation, swelling, muscle tension, and pain. Physiotherapists also use massage therapies to help with the pain and to relax the muscles.

However, you might be in 2 minds about getting physiotherapy for neck pain especially if you have never had physiotherapy before. So here’s a physiotherapy neck pain questionnaire that can help you decide whether or not you need this treatment for your current needs. 

  1. Rating Your Pain Intensity
  • I have little to no pain at the moment. 
  • The pain is manageable and it is mild. 
  • The pain is moderate. 
  • The pain is getting severe gradually. 
  • The pain is very severe. 
  • The pain is unbearable. 
  1. Day-To-Day Functionality 
  • I can carry out my normal tasks without any extra neck pain such as wearing my clothes. 
  • I can carry out my normal tasks with a little extra neck pain when I try to wear my clothes or have to look above. 
  • It is painful to carry out my normal tasks so I have to be very careful. 
  • I need some help to carry out my daily tasks.  
  • I need help often during the day to carry out my daily tasks. 
  • I cannot look after my personal care at all without external help. 
  1. Lifting Any Object 
  • I can lift heavy weights with ease and without any extra pain. 
  • I can lift heavy objects but it is accompanied by a little pain. 
  • I have considerable pain when lifting heavy objects from the ground but I can pick them up if they are placed in a position convenient to me. 
  • I am unable to pick up heavy objects at all, but I can pick up light and small objects from a convenient position. 
  • I can only pick up extremely light objects.
  • I am unable to pick up anything at all. 
  1. Reading A Book and Scrolling Through Phone 
  • I can read and scroll through my phone for long hours without any extra pain. 
  • I can read and scroll through my phone for long hours but it is followed by some pain in my neck. 
  • I have considerable stiffness and pain in my neck if I read or scroll through my phone in a particular position for a prolonged period of time. 
  • I am unable to read a book or scroll through my phone at any fixed position for more than a few minutes. 
  • I can hardly read because of the severe pain in my neck. 
  • I cannot read at all without it causing me severe discomfort. 

Also Read: Physiotherapy Exercises to Combat Neck Pain in Elderly

  1. Muscle Pain and Headache 
  • I do not have any muscle pain or headache. 
  • I have a mild headache or muscle pain sometimes. 
  • I have moderate headaches which are rare. 
  • I have recurring headaches which are moderate. 
  • I have extremely painful headaches most of the time. 
  • I always have a severe headache.
  1. Concentration
  • I can concentrate whenever I want to without any difficulty. 
  • I can concentrate whenever I want to with mild difficulty. 
  • I can concentrate whenever I want to but is difficult. 
  • It is very difficult to concentrate when I want to. 
  • It is severely difficult to concentrate most of the time. 
  • I cannot concentrate at all. 
  1. Driving
  • I can drive how much I want without any neck pain. 
  • I can drive how much I want with slight neck pain. 
  • I can drive how much I want with moderate neck pain. 
  • Sometimes I have to pause my driving because of my intense neck pain.
  • I cannot drive for long hours without having severe neck pain. 
  • I cannot drive at all because of my neck pain. 
  1. Sleeping 
  • I have no trouble sleeping. 
  • I have slight trouble sleeping, around a 1-hour of sleep loss. 
  • I have moderate trouble sleeping because of my neck pain, around 2-3 hours of sleep loss. 
  • My sleep is constantly disturbed because of my neck pain, around 4-5 hours of sleep loss. 
  • I frequently wake up because of my neck pain, around 5-6 hours of sleep loss. 
  • I am mostly awake at night because of my neck pain, around 6-7 hours of sleep loss.

Also Read: How to Treat TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Neck Pain

This questionnaire can help you decide on whether you need serious medical intervention for your problem or if it can easily be resolved with physiotherapy. If you have checked mostly moderate to mild options, physiotherapy can help you with short-term pain relief and prevention techniques. However, if you have mostly checked the severe pain options, then contacting your nearest doctor would be the best way forward! 

You can visit  Phyt Health, India’s first digital physiotherapy platform that uses 3D Imaging and Artificial Intelligence to accurately predict posture and movements to give accurate treatment plans and has a collection of exercises and posture correction techniques to help you with prevention and pain management in the comfort of your home.
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