Neck Pain

Neck Pain Overview

Neck pain is a common type of pain that nearly everyone experiences at some point in their life. A spine specialist should see neck pain that lasts more than a few days. Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) spine specialists make accurate diagnoses and prescribe neck pain-reducing treatment plans.

Symptoms & Causes

Neck pain symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle tightness
  • Pain that is worse when the head is held still for prolonged periods
  • Stiffness

Common neck pain causes are:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Poor posture
  • Weak neck muscles

    Common Treatments:

    Nonsurgical treatment options treat neck pain. After a thorough evaluation, a CONA spine specialist may recommend:

    • A brace or soft collar
    • Activity modifications
    • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
    • Pain medications
    • Physical therapy

    Surgery is not recommended for general neck pain. In some cases, a corticosteroid injection may be offered for fast-acting pain relief.

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