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

How is Neck Pain evaluated?

Neck pain is evaluated by reviewing the history of the symptoms. In reviewing, 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 of Neck Pain?

  • Osteoarthritis (worn joints) in neck tends to occur with age
  • Neck muscle strained because poor posture and overuse. For example prolonged driving, reading in bed
  • Whiplash – where there is a sudden jolt to the head and neck that is beyond the normal range of the motion
  • Herniated Disc or a pinched nerve
  • Torticollis
  • Other diseases like Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Meningitis

Treatments

The treatment of neck pain depends on its precise cause. Treatment options include:

  • Rest
  • Heat / Ice applications
  • Traction
  • Soft Collar
  • Physical therapy (ultrasound, massage, manipulation)
  • Local injections of cortisone or anesthetics
  • Topical anesthetic creams
  • Topical pain patches
  • Muscle Relaxants
  • Analgesics
  • Surgical procedures may require for severe case

Neck pain with pain radiating to arm

Neck pain with pain radiating to arm

X-ray showing bone spur

X-ray showing bone spur

MRI showing prolapsed cervical disc

MRI showing prolapsed cervical disc

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