WHAT IS NECK PAIN?

Pain located in the neck usually at the back or sides.

HOW IS NECK PAIN EVALUATED?

Neck pain is evaluated by reviewing the past symptoms a person has experienced. During the review, the location, intensity, duration, and radiation of the pain will be noted. Any past injury to the neck is also taken into account. The neck is examined at rest and in motion. An examination of the nervous system is performed to determine whether nerve involvement is present. Further testing includes x-ray evaluation, CAT scan, bone scan and MRI scan.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?

Neck pain can come from a number of disorders and diseases of any tissues in the neck. These include neck strain, a pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, whiplash, or a herniated disc.

WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?

The treatment of neck pain depends on its precise cause. Treatment options include rest, heat/ice applications, traction, soft collar, traction, physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation), local injections of cortisone or anesthetics, topical anesthetic creams, topical pain patches, muscle relaxants, analgesics, and surgical procedures.

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