What are the symptoms of neck pain?

There are multiple causes of neck pain and numerous symptoms that can accompany it. Many cases of local neck pain or stiffness are the result of a strained muscle or sprained ligament that can come from sudden injury or repetitive motion. Another source of neck pain is degenerative spine conditions that can compress nerves and cause radiating symptoms that travel to other areas like the shoulders, arms and hands.

Symptoms that may accompany neck pain

Here are some typical symptoms of neck pain that could potentially be related to a more serious condition than a minor muscle strain:

  • Reduced range of motion
  • Muscle spasms
  • Burning
  • Stiffness and soreness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness
  • Numbness

Contact a professional

Less severe neck pain may resolve itself over the course of a week or so with rest and over-the-counter medications, but if symptoms persist, you should get in touch with a medical professional. Describing the exact level of pain (mild, moderate, severe) and any other symptoms you’re experiencing to a doctor will help to determine the cause. Diagnostic imagery like an X-ray or MRI can also be ordered if a spine condition is suspected.

If you begin to experience more serious symptoms such as fatigue, difficulty swallowing and talking, nausea, fever, extreme tenderness and sensitivity to light for more than a few days, you should seek immediate medical attention as it could indicate a dangerous condition called meningitis. Meningitis is an infectious disease that inflames the tissue (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

When neck pain doesn’t subside

If you have been diagnosed with a spine condition and a course of conservative treatments like physical therapy, epidural steroid injections and massage have not brought needed relief, reach out to Laser Spine Institute.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery is an alternative to traditional open neck and back procedures, using a small muscle-sparing incision that eliminates the need for hospitalization and shortens the recovery period.^

Contact us today for your no-cost MRI or CT scan review* to see if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery.