Neck and Back Pain

Don’t let unwanted pain hold you back from living life to the fullest.

Treat the Cause of Neck and Back Pain

When your neck and back are in pain, your entire body pays the price. The simplest of daily activities can suddenly become a painful and insurmountable challenge – but it doesn’t have to stay that way.

Our team at Melbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates, and Fitness Group is committed to offering dynamic care for a wide range of patients. Our treatments are tailored to your needs, acknowledging that every unique body and injury needs appropriately unique care. Whether you’re retired or a professional athlete, we strive to offer neck and back treatments that work for your body and lifestyle.

What is Neck and Back Pain?

Neck and back pain can be experienced separately, or they can often be closely related. Nowadays, it is common for this discomfort to be a result of lifestyle, habits, and posture. With so many Australians now working from home throughout the week, workplace ergonomics and poor posture habits are taking their toll. Pain is also commonly the result of sudden acute accidents, sleeping habits, chronic conditions, or sports-related injuries.

When it comes to the spine, however, things can be much more complicated. Acute and chronic spinal pain is typically experienced due to the stimulation of nerves and complex pain mechanisms in the central nervous system. Habits such as sedentary desk work, heavy lifting, poor physical health or core control, repetitive movements, and overload of athletic pursuits can all influence back and neck pain. Here are some of the common conditions we might treat in our clinic:

Neck and Back Pain Symptoms

Neck and back pain can come in all shapes and sizes. With so many different conditions and causes that could be at play, everyone is bound to experience their discomfort differently. There are two general types of neck and back pain you may be experiencing.

Acute Neck and Back Pain

Acute pain is pain that occurs suddenly, due to a specific injury. Acute pain is very common. It is likely to come on very quickly and may leave sooner than chronic pain. You may experience acute pain anywhere along the spine due to injury, weakness, overuse, or something else. Spinal discs, facet joints, sprained ribs and trigger points are common sources of acute spinal pain.

Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Chronic pain is the opposite. It is as common but tends to come on slowly and gradually, and lasts longer. If you’ve been experiencing pain and uncomfortable symptoms for over three months, that would be considered a chronic condition. One of the the main reasons for chronic pain is not having completed a thorough rehabilitation program. Your history of injuries, sporting life, work related stresses and strains and age-related changes are other common causes.

Treatment for Neck and Back Pain

You deserve to have a treatment plan in place that is tailored entirely to you, right down to every last detail. Our approach to treatment is to collaborate with each individual client to find the best possible path forward together. This will typically involve assessing your medical history, musculoskeletal systems, goals, and preferences. 

Your custom treatment plan for neck and back conditions could include any of the following:


Working with a Physiotherapist may offer countless benefits for overall health and recovery. Many back and neck conditions can be treated using Physiotherapy treatments such as “hands-on” passive mobilisation techniques, massage, early to advanced stages of Clinical Exercises, electrotherapy, advice and education to show you both how to manage and prevent your condition from recurring.


Do you know how strong your spine is?
Do you know how strong your spine should be?
The getback program can help to answer both of these questions. The specialised, medical-grade devices are carefully designed to target the deeper muscles of your spine and assist in restoring strength and function whilst reducing pain.

Exercise Physiology

An Exercise Physiologist has the skills and knowledge to boost your recovery and enhance your overall well-being. You may be prescribed several specific exercises designed to minimise the risk of further injury or pain whilst also improving your quality of living through long-term lifestyle changes. Exercise Physiology offers benefits far beyond short-term recovery!


Your back or neck condition may be assisted by the use of water based exercise programs that can be designed for your specific diagnosis and individual needs. The pool environment and use of specialised equipment provides unique benefits for assisting mobilty, strength and general fitness or cross-training for athletes. Book a hydrotherapy appointment with us today to learn more about what your treatment plan could look like.

Your Neck and Back Pain Questions Answered

Here are some of the symptoms you may experience with neck and back problems:

  • Dull or sharp pain in a single spot or larger area
  • Stiffness or aches
  • Weakness in legs
  • Shooting pains radiating from the lower back down to the buttocks and backs of the thighs
  • Numbness or tingling in the legs
  • Aches after standing or sitting for extended periods
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Shooting pains or dull aches in the neck
  • Tension and pain in the shoulders
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Difficulty sleeping or waking up with significant pain

No, you will not need a referral to book an appointment with our team. However, visiting your GP for a referral could possibly make you eligible for subsided treatment through programs like EPC, TAC, NDIS, or WorkCover.

Absolutely. While the risk of back and neck pain grows as you get older, children can certainly undergo injuries or develop conditions themselves. Our treatment plans can be customised to suit children and promote healthy long-term development.

Yes, we do. While sudden and acute injuries may be more common, chronic neck and back pain certainly isn’t rare. Our team will help put together a plan that will support your symptom management and recovery.

Your initial appointment will be all about working together to develop your treatment plan. You will meet with one of our friendly staff members, who will complete a full assessment of your condition and medical and exercise history. With this knowledge, they will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle, needs, and goals.

The only thing you should consider bringing is any relevant medical documentation for your condition. This will assist with the planning process and make it easier to put together a complete treatment plan.

Waking up with a sore neck because of a poor pillow isn’t all that concerning. But when you suddenly have an accident and feel pain quickly come on, you may have an acute injury. If you find yourself experiencing discomfort for days, weeks, or months on end, you may have a chronic condition. To put it simply – if your pain is causing you concern or negatively impacting your life, you should book an appointment to have it checked out. Better safe than sorry.


Book an Appointment Today for Personalised Treatment

Every day, countless Australians ‘put up’ with neck and back pain. But, all too quickly, an uncomfortable ache can turn into something much worse if left untreated. Take a step in the right direction today by seeking support for your injury or condition.

Here at Melbourne Physiotherapy, Pilates, and Fitness Group, we prioritise the unique journey of a patient every step of the way. Book your appointment today to receive a tailored treatment plan for your neck and back pain.

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