Neck Pain & Neck Muscle Pain - Diagnosis & Treatment

The neck (cervical spine), which connects the skull to the upper back, is a combination of bones, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Although delicate, the neck is also strong enough to support the head and flexible enough to move in all directions. Neck pain is any ache or pain in the neck that causes stiffness, headache, or other discomfort. Trauma or serious injury to the neck can be serious, leading to paralysis or even death.

Neck Pain Symptoms - Stiff Neck & Sore Neck

  • Stiff Neck.
  • Sore Neck.
  • Neck muscle weakness or spasms.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Numbness, weakness, or tingling in the arms, hands, legs, and feet.
  • Difficulty walking and engaging in normal activities.
  • Inability to move the head forward, backward, or side to side.
  • Dull or throbbing ache in back of the neck near the base of the skull.

Neck Pain Causes - Do I Have a Pinched Nerve in My Neck?

  • Pinched nerve in my neck
  • Accident, injury, or fall
  • Fracture (of cervical spine)
  • Physical activity
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Neck muscle strain
  • Poor posture
  • Poor sleeping position
  • Osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis

Neck Pain Treatment & Neck Pain Relief - When to See a Doctor

Normal neck pain generally resolves with rest. Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Your pain is severe or intolerable.
  • Your pain is from an accident, injury, or fall.
  • Your pain persists after a few weeks.
  • You have headache and fever along with neck stiffness.
  • You have numbness, loss of strength in the arms or hands, or shooting pain in the shoulder or arms.

Neck pain can be found in many different areas of your neck:

  • Neck pain left side
  • Neck pain right side
  • Back of neck pain