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Neck pain is one of the most common reasons for a visit to the doctor. Most neck injuries result from overuse, ending with sprains or strains of muscle and tendon.
Rest, anti-inflammatory medication and time are often enough to relieve discomfort, but if the pain continues, it’s time to see a physician.
WakeMed’s orthopaedists work in collaboration with other physicians, nurses, neuroradiologists and rehabilitation specialists to develop an individualized treatment plan.
In addition to pain in the neck, these are other possible symptoms:
The intensity of the pain can fluctuate based on which part of the body is affected.
The neck is made up of seven bones, called the C1 through C7 vertebrae. These vertebrae are separated by intervertebral discs that allow movement in the neck and provide padding between the bones.
Within the spinal column — which begins in the neck and runs down the back — is the spinal cord. The spinal cord is filled with nerves supported by muscles and ligaments. Neck pain can be the result of problems with any of these areas.
Often, neck pain is simply the result of poor posture or overuse. But it can also be caused by conditions including:
Our doctors take a detailed history of symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination to check for tenderness, numbness and pain in the neck area.
We may also order imaging tests, including X-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, electromyography or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These tests help us visualize the internal structures in the neck, including nerves, spinal cord, bones and soft tissues.
Neck pain can sometimes resolve over time. When it doesn’t, neck pain can often be successfully controlled with conservative treatment:
For patients who don’t receive relief from these treatments, surgery can be an effective option to resolve pain and discomfort.
We welcome new patients. If you’d like to meet with one of WakeMed’s orthopaedists about neck pain, please make an appointment by calling us at 919-232-5020.
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610