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Neck Pain FAQs

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What are common symptoms of neck pain?

Neck pain symptoms typically begin with localized pain in the cervical spine as well as generalized discomfort and stiffness. Associated symptoms vary depending on the underlying cause of pain, but include:

  • Tingling
  • Burning
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Numbness
  • Dull aching
  • Depression
  • Loss of sensation
  • Muscle stiffness

How is neck pain diagnosed?

Neck pain diagnosis typically occurs after both a physical examination, and medical image testing. Your physician will likely order an X-ray or MRI to get a view of your spinal alignment, check on vertebrae and discs, and check for bone spurs or arthritis. Likewise, an examination of your medical history allows your doctor to make a diagnosis.

Will I have to have neck surgery?

Our physicians do everything in their power to ensure that neck surgery will be the last option imaginable. In fact, while many patients with neck pain worry that surgery is the only answer, conservative methods and soothing treatments can more often than not resolve or manage neck pain.

When should you see a physician?

Neck pain that persists for two weeks after symptoms arise or neck pain that is accompanied by numbness, weakness, or aches in the arm should be checked as soon as possible. If you begin experiencing balance issues, call your doctor immediately.

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