Neck Pain

Symptoms of Neck Pain

Neck pain is associated with so many conditions of the spine that the accompanying symptoms can be difficult to pinpoint. However, there are a handful of symptoms that are fairly consistent across the board.

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Determining the Cause of Your Neck Pain

Addressing your pain instead of ignoring it is important since untreated neck problems can lead to additional injuries, like muscle strain, worn joints, or nerve compression. When you see your doctor, an MRI, CT scan, and/or X-ray will be ordered to visualize the cause of your pain. These tests can reveal structural problems in the neck or the presence of abnormalities such as bone spurs or ruptured discs. In addition, your doctor may prescribe an electromyography (or nerve conduction study) to determine if you suffer from a pinched cervical nerve. Blood tests can reveal spinal infections or inflammatory conditions that could be causing your neck pain.

Neck Pain Treatment Options

Exercise, Bracing, & Chiropractic

Fortunately, most patients find relief from their symptoms with simple stretching and a medically prescribed exercise routine. Massage, manual adjustment and bracing can also be extremely effective in providing symptom relief and allowing the neck to heal.


A microdiscectomy is a minimally invasive procedure that your surgeon may recommend if it is determined that your neck pain results from a herniated cervical disc. During this procedure, your surgeon will extract herniated disc material to decompress pinched nerves. Read more...

Pain Management

Steroidal injections, anti-inflammatory drugs, or muscle relaxers may be prescribed to help the patient more easily tolerate physical therapy or manual readjustment. Electrical impulses or spinal cord stimulation may also be used to promote symptom relief.

Artificial Disc Replacement

An artificial disc replacement is an outpatient procedure in which your surgeon removes a degenerated cervical disc and replaces it with an artificial model which mimics the functionality and flexibility of the original. Read more...