Neck Pain 101

In my most recent blog we discussed when it is time to see a doctor for your back pain. In today’s blog we are going to discuss the basics of neck pain. Neck pain is a common complaint and can result from a number of different causes. One of the most common causes of neck pain is from strained muscles. The neck muscles can become strained and tense from poor posture or even a motor vehicle accident. Degenerative disc disease and herniated discs are also culprits of neck pain.

Symptoms of neck pain may extend beyond pain in the neck and may actually include pain, tingling and weakness of the arms and hands.

Surgery is rarely needed to treat neck pain and can instead be treated conservatively and even at home! Nonsurgical treatment for neck pain include physical therapy, posture corrections, over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, ice or heat and gentle stretching at home. In my next blog we will discuss when it is time to see a doctor for your neck pain.

Please remember, my blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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