Neck pain can be caused by many different things. Discomfort can come with age or can be caused by injury or illness. Some common neck pain causes include:
This is not a complete or comprehensive list of possible causes of neck pain, but just a sampling of some common causes.
There are several different ways to treat neck pain, such as:
Surgery is rarely needed and it’s usually reserved for cases in which other, less-invasive treatments haven’t worked.
Seeing a doctor for neck pain is a lot like seeing a physician for anything else. The appointment begins with filling out some initial paperwork, taking vital signs and recording the patient’s medical history. After these items have been taken care of, the doctor will usually sit with the patient and review the patient’s signs and symptoms. The doctor will then perform an examination and recommend a course of treatment. At the end of the appointment, any prescriptions that are needed are written, and another appointment is scheduled if needed.
A typical appointment doesn’t take too long. It’s usually easy to fit an appointment around other activities, as long as the doctor’s office isn’t far from where a person lives, works or goes to school. If a procedure will be done during the appointment, the appointment might take a little longer than a standard doctor’s appointment. Patients are often notified ahead of time if they’ll be undergoing such a procedure.
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