Neck pain is one of the most common reasons for a doctor’s visit. Most neck injuries result from overuse, ending with sprains or strains of muscle and tendon. Rest, anti-inflammatory medication, and time are often enough to relieve this discomfort, but you should consult a physician if the pain continues.
What are the symptoms of neck pain, and how is it diagnosed?
Neck pain symptoms range from soreness to stabbing pain to pinching. The pain can sometimes extend down the arm or leg. The intensity of the pain, however, can fluctuate based on which part of the body is affected.
For a neck pain diagnosis, our orthopedists will discuss your pain history and examine you to identify the source of your pain. Other diagnostic tests, including X-rays, MRIs, CTs, and electromyography, can provide more details about the root of your discomfort.
What is the treatment for neck pain?
For minor pain, doctors frequently recommend rest and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. For more severe pain, though, physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and bracing could offer relief. Depending on the cause of your pain, and if it’s more severe, surgery could be warranted.