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Neck Pain

Neck pain is a common complaint that often goes away on its own.  Rarely, neck pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Pain that's often worsened by holding your head in one place for long periods, such as when driving or working at a computer
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Decreased ability to move your head
  • Headache

When to see a doctor

Most neck pain improves gradually with home treatment. If not, see your doctor.

Seek immediate care if severe neck pain results from an injury, such as a motor vehicle accident, diving accident or fall.

Contact a doctor if your neck pain:

  • Is severe
  • Persists for several days without relief
  • Spreads down arms or legs
  • Is accompanied by headache, numbness, weakness or tingling

Make an appointment

Please contact the Comprehensive Spine Center to learn more or make an appointment.

 

Source: Mayo Clinic