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Head, Neck and Spinal Conditions

Cervicogenic Headache

A painful sensation in any part of the head, ranging from sharp to dull, that may occur with other symptoms. common types of headaches include migraine, tension type headaches, cervicogenic headaches, cluster headaches and sinus headaches.

Common causes of the symptoms include headaches can have causes that aren’t due to underlying disease. An example includes lack of sleep, an incorrect eyeglass prescription, stress, loud noise exposure etc.

A greater majority of headaches are attributed to cervicogenic headaches, meaning that they are related to the neck in some form. poor posture, stress and other factors can contribute to weakness, strain and injury to the neck muscles and joints.

The pain radiates up into the scalp, side of the head, and even the forehead depending on the area of the neck involved. If you are suffering from cervicogenic headaches, river physio clinic in Singapore are dedicated to providing you with the best treatments for your headaches.

At your initial assessment, one of our highly trained physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation and ask you questions about your health history and symptoms, in order to determine what type of headache you are experiencing and where the pain is stemming from.

Once it’s established as a cervicogenic headache, our Physiotherapists will treat you with hands on therapy and neck stability exercises to completely relieve you from the headache.

Bells Palsy / Facial Palsy

Bell’s palsy is an episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. It begins suddenly and worsens over 48 hours. This condition results from damage to the facial nerve (the 7th cranial nerve).

Pain and discomfort usually occur on one side of the face or head. Bell’s palsy can strike anyone at any age. It occurs most often in pregnant women, and people who have diabetes, influenza, a cold, or another upper respiratory ailment. Bell’s palsy affects men and women equally. Apart from Antiviral and steroids, physiotherapy is the recommended treatment for bells / facial palsy.

There is a window period after an initial injury when the muscles of facial expression are still salvageable. Hence do not delay your treatment and lose your beautiful facial expressions forever.

At River Physio, if we can intervene early and time the treatment, we can save the natural muscles of expression and regenerate that ability to blink, smile and laugh back again.

Cervical Spondylosis

Across the world, more than 85 percent of people over the age of 60 are affected by cervical spondylosis. Many of those people with cervical spondylosis experience no or very less significantly noticeable symptoms.
The condition most often causes neck pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulder muscles-. and in more severe cases can cause numbness in the arm radiating down to fingers. In most cases, treatment for cervical spondylosis is conservative.

Physiotherapy and pain medications are usually the first line of recommended treatment. Physiotherapy programs vary in length, but generally last from 5 to 7 week and may include exercise therapy, mobilization, manipulation, and posture realignments.

Typically, sessions are scheduled 2 to 3 times per week. As your muscles get stronger and stretched, the pain and stiffness reduces.
At River Physio, we also use LASER and non-surgical Spinal Decompression therapy to speed up your recovery.

Acute Wry Neck Pain

Wry neck is a common disorder and can affect anyone of any age. In most instances, the cause of wry neck is unknown. This is referred to as idiopathic torticollis. Wry neck can be also inherited and can also develop in the womb. This may happen if your baby’s head is in the wrong position. It can also be due to damage to the muscles or blood supply to the neck.

Some of the common symptoms of wry neck are inability to move your head normally with severe neck pain or stiffness, a headache, having one shoulder higher than the other,swollen neck muscles and tilting of your chin to one side The good news is that usually you will not need to have any tests to find out what is causing the problem.

The diagnosis of sudden-onset wry neck (acute torticollis) is made from the typical symptoms. Many people with milder symptoms diagnose this on their own. Your physiotherapist can usually make the diagnosis by performing an examination of your neck and treat you with ultrasound and exercises involving stretches to the neck muscles.

What’s most unique at river physio is the ability to make quick diagnosis over teleconsultation and home remedy exercises we teach to achieve recovery in a day or two.
However , persistent cases may need treatment at clinical settings to conduct a thorough diagnosis and passive stretching techniques performed by the physiotherapist.

Whiplash Injury

A neck strain is often just called whiplash. Although it is usually associated with car accidents, any impact or blow that causes your head to jerk forward or backward can cause neck strain.

The sudden force stretches and tears the muscles and tendon in your neck.so even many amateur and professional athletes and people who play contact sports are also prone to neck strain. Neck strains are damage to the muscle and or tendons that attach the muscle to bones.

Physiotherapy is the most effective treatment option for whiplash injuries. The multidisciplinary approach at river physio including the massage, stretch therapist and physiotherapist makes the recovery a smoother and a speedier process. We also emphasize on a neck strengthening program to prevent recurrent injury to the damaged tissues, promoting health in a longer term.

Disc Bulge

A disc bulge is in fact a very common spine condition, especially as we age. They occur when there is damage or weakening in the structure of annulus, a compound wall like structure protecting the nucleus inside. This Damage allows the nucleus pulposus to move beyond its normal position inside the disc.

Most patients with disc bulging disc have problems occur in the lumbar area. This type of symptoms can arise by pain in the feet, thigh, lower spine, and buttocks. A few patients do present with difficulty in walking. Severe disc bulge cases can lead to permanent nerve damage or cut off certain nerve impulses. you may experience sharp or intense pain, irregular bowel movements, incontinence, or even partial paralysis. Left or untreated disc bulge can cause unpleasant and painful symptoms.

River Physio has over 20 years of combined experience in treating head, neck and spinal physiotherapy treatments. Come experience our state of the art facility and expert professional treatments.

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