Most people will experience some form of neck pain in their lifetime, and many people are seeking neck pain relief immediately. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, whether it’s leaning into your computer at work or hunching over your work area. Another common cause of neck pain is simply wear-and-tear. Neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem as well. If your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms and hands or if you are experiencing shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arms, you should seek medical attention; such as a neurologist or neurosurgeon.
- Muscle strains are the most common complaint of neck pain.
- Nerve compression is the second most common complaint, which is a bit more serious than a strain. Nerve compression are usually caused by a herniated disc or bone spurs in the vertebrae of your neck. When the compression is severe enough it can cause pressing on the nerves which may cause the numbness or tingling.
- Advise your doctor as many specifics as you can about the location & severity of your pain. Be sure to mention any head & neck movements that make your neck pain better or worse.
- Evaluation by a Neurologist or Neurosurgeon
- CT Scan
Treatment may consist of several different measures, pending on the severity of your condition:
- Physical Therapy
- Epidural Steroid injection
- Pain management
Try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), naproxen sodium (Aleve), and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others). Alternate heat and cold. Reduce inflammation by applying cold, such as an ice pack or ice wrapped in a towel, for up to 20 minutes several times a day. If your neck pain continues, seek medical attention immediately.