If you’re an adult, chances are you’ve experienced neck pain at some point in your life. The neck is prone to pain because it has to constantly hold up and support the head, which weighs about 10 pounds.
While neck pain usually goes away on its own, especially if it’s just a strain, chronic neck pain that doesn’t go away could indicate a bigger problem.
If your neck pain is chronic or severe, it is a good idea to see an orthopedic physician to evaluate your neck and spine. The physician can diagnose the problem and prescribe treatment to help alleviate or eliminate the pain.
When to See a Doctor About Your Neck Pain
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, these are red flags. It’s in your best interest to see an orthopedic doctor for your neck pain if you have:
- Pain or stiffness that has lasted more than two weeks without improvement
- Neck pain that is progressively getting worse
- Radiating neck pain that reaches the arms or other areas of the body
- Sudden inability to move your head in one or more directions
- Neck pain after an accident — including a minor accident (car accident, sports accident, household accident, etc.)
- A painful tapping sensation on the upper spine
Also see an orthopedist if your neck pain is accompanied by one or more of the following:
- Weakness, tingling, or numbness
- Unexplained weight loss
- An altered mental state
- Severe headaches that come on suddenly
- Throbbing headache
- Poor hand coordination
- Shooting pains in the arms
- A noticeable change in gait
- Dizziness, nausea, or vomiting
- Feeling unwell
- A family history of autoimmune disease
- A family history of cancer
- Pain in the lower back
- Digestive issues
- Unexplained rash
Neck Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
Here at Orthopedic Associates of West Jersey, our fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic injuries, including neck pain and back pain. From conservative to surgical treatment methods, we are highly trained and knowledgeable in the most advanced and effective therapies for orthopedic conditions and injuries. Our orthopedic surgeons also specialize in sports medicine and are a top choice of athletes with sports injuries.
We will evaluate your symptoms and order diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your neck pain. Afterward, we will let you know what your options are for treatment. Your comfort and convenience are very important to us, which is why we make sure to explain the risks and benefits of every treatment we recommend.
If your neck pain is making it hard to live a normal life and engage in activities you love, our orthopedic surgeons are here for you. To schedule a consultation, contact us today by calling us at (973) 989-0888 or request an appointment now via our online form. Our friendly team of physicians and staff look forward to serving you in our West Jersey facility.