It controls the simplest movements, from turning your head to check a blind spot, to looking up at the stars. However, when your neck movement is limited it can be frustrating and painful. At some point nearly all of us will experience neck pain, caused by something as simple as sleeping at an odd angle, an injury, or a more serious condition such as arthritis. No matter the cause, an experienced provider can help you find relief from you neck pain and regain your range of motion.


Symptoms often include pain when you hold or move your head a certain way. You may also experience tightness or spasms in your neck muscles, and headaches. The pain can be located on one side, or may extend through your shoulders and upper back.

If your symptoms persist for several days and include numbness and tingling, you should call your provider.


To better determine the cause and severity of your neck pain, your doctor will ask you questions about the pain, as well as testing your range of motion and tenderness. He or she may also schedule an X-ray or other imaging test to get a better picture of your neck and spine condition.


After identifying the cause and intensity of your neck pain, your provider may recommend over-the-counter medications or a prescription such as an anti-inflammatory agent. Physical therapy, massage, or other pain treatments such as steroid injections may also be considered.

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