Neck Pain

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is fairly common and it can be a sign of a bigger issue suck as whiplash, a pinched nerve, degenerative disc disease, or a herniated disc. It can also be s sign of a throat infection or an injury.  It is also called cervical pain.

What are the Symptoms of Neck Pain?

A dull ache is the most common symptom associated with neck pain.  It may get worse with movement or when you turn your head.  A dull ache may also come with shooting pain, difficulty swallowing, tingling, numbness, pulsations, lightheadedness, or even swelling.

Some experience other pains such as a headache or should pain. It can even come with back pain.  The other symptoms that are associated with having neck pain can be a sign of a more complicated condition.

How is Neck Pain Treated?

The treatment for neck pain will depend on what the underlying source of the pain is.  It can be as simple as getting rest and applying heat or cold to the neck or it can require physical therapy or a soft-collar traction.  If the underlying cause of the neck pain is serious enough, it may even require surgery. Other treatments may include injections of anesthetics or cortisone, muscle relaxers, or analgesics.

If neck pain is associated with other symptoms, it is always best to consult a doctor.  If you have been in an accident or have injured yourself in some way, a doctor will be able to help determine if your neck pain is best treated at home or if a hospital is required.

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Last Reviewed:
October 10, 2016
Last Updated:
August 09, 2017