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Debunking Common Myths About Neck Pain: Separating Fact from Fiction

Neck pain is a prevalent issue that affects most people at some point in their lives. As physiotherapists dedicated to promoting health and wellness, it's crucial to address some common misconceptions surrounding neck pain. By dispelling these myths with evidence-based facts, we aim to empower our patients and readers with accurate information to better manage and prevent neck pain.

Myth 1: Neck Pain Always Indicates a Serious Problem

Fact: While neck pain can be distressing and debilitating, it doesn't always signify a severe underlying condition. Sinister conditions such as fractures, malignancies and spinal infections do sometimes cause neck pain but are incredibly rare. However, if neck pain is accompanied by persistent numbness, weakness, sudden unexplained weight loss and/or pain radiating down the arms, it may indicate a more serious issue requiring medical attention, and you should discuss this with your physiotherapist or doctor.

Myth 2: Resting is the Best Way to Relieve Neck Pain

Fact: While rest may help initially after an acute injury, prolonged rest can actually worsen neck pain. It can lead to stiffness and weakening of the muscles which are essential for supporting the neck. Instead of complete rest, gentle movement and exercises prescribed by a physiotherapist can promote recovery and restore function. These exercises may help improve mobility, strengthen muscles, and enhance movement and comfort.

Myth 3: Neck Pain Is Caused by Poor Posture

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest that 'bad' posture causes neck pain. In fact, there is no good evidence to suggest that 'bad' posture even exists. Neck pain can be due to a number of contributing factors, and while postural modifications may help you to feel more comfortable, it is highly unlikely that posture caused your pain, and focusing on posture alone is unlikely to help you manage your neck pain. Physiotherapists employ comprehensive assessments to identify contributing factors and develop tailored treatment plans addressing both physical and psychological aspects of neck pain.

Myth 4: Medication Alone Can Solve Neck Pain

Fact: Medication can provide temporary relief from neck pain symptoms, and may be very useful in the management of acute pain, but it doesn't address the underlying contributing factors. Furthermore, relying solely on medication can lead to dependency and potential side effects. Physiotherapy offers a holistic approach to neck pain management by incorporating a range of strategies to help you understand and manage your pain.

Myth 5: Surgery Is the Only Solution for Chronic Neck Pain

Fact: Surgery is typically considered as a last resort for chronic neck pain that hasn't responded to conservative treatments. The majority of neck pain cases can be effectively managed with non-invasive approaches such as physiotherapy. Through targeted interventions and patient-specific rehabilitation programs, physiotherapists can significantly improve neck pain symptoms and enhance quality of life without the need for surgery.


Neck pain is a complex condition influenced by various factors, and it's essential to approach its management with an evidence-based understanding. By debunking these common myths, we hope to empower individuals to make informed decisions about their neck pain treatment. If you're experiencing neck pain, consider consulting with a qualified physiotherapist who can provide personalized care and guidance tailored to your specific needs. Together, we can work towards alleviating neck pain and improving overall musculoskeletal health.

For more information or to book an appointment with our experienced physiotherapists, please contact Physio on Patterson today. Take charge of your neck health and start your journey towards pain-free living!

*Note: This blog post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare professional for personalised diagnosis and treatment.*

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