This relates to a history, physical exam and treatment of neck pain by a healthcare provider.
Neck pain (cervicalgia) is frequently caused by everyday muscle strain or tension. A common term sometimes used to describe this type of neck pain is a "stiff neck." Other more serious causes of neck pain include:
After performing a history and physical exam, a healthcare provider can recommend specific treatments for your neck pain. These may include:
Call 911 if your neck pain began after a fall or other injury and you have a sudden onset of paralysis, weakness, numbness or tingling in your arm or hand, chest discomfort or trouble breathing!
Neck pain is usually self-limited, meaning it will go away without specific treatment. In most cases, x-rays are not needed for uncomplicated neck pain. X-rays may be beneficial if the pain is severe or persistent, there are other concerning symptoms or there is a history of a recent injury. Some things you can do at home to decrease your neck pain include:
Contact your healthcare provider if:
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have pain in your neck.
Here are some questions to ask your healthcare provider:
Make sure you understand your treatment plan, any possible alternatives, and what medications are recommended (including possible side effects).
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