Premier Pain Consultants
Pain Management Practice located in Fullerton, CA & Irvine, CA
Going about your day with pain or stiffness in your neck makes even the simplest tasks difficult and irritating. While most neck pain goes away without professional intervention, some can linger and worsen. If your neck pain stems from an injury or is severe and long-lasting, Joseph Ho, MD, and Weiwah Rob Kwok, MD, at Premier Pain Consultants in Fullerton, California, can help you manage it. To explore treatment options for your neck pain, call or make an appointment using the convenient online scheduling tool today.
Neck Pain Q & A
What is neck pain?
Pain in the neck is an extremely common symptom that doctors hear from patients. Often coupled with stiffness, muscle tightness, and headaches, there are many reasons why your neck may hurt.
While neck pain often improves by itself over time, some cases are severe and don’t go away without treatment from a doctor.
What causes neck pain?
Neck pain stems from many causes, including:
- Muscle strains
- Herniated discs
- Compressed nerves
- Poor posture
- Other diseases (e.g. meningitis, cancer, etc.)
Finding the underlying cause and treating it can relieve your neck pain. For example, your neck may hurt because of the muscle strain that occurs after you’ve spent hours at work looking at a computer. By regularly exercising your neck and sitting upright with a straight back, you can help ease the pain.
When should I see a doctor for my neck pain?
Not all neck pain requires a visit to your doctor. If you’re experiencing neck pain, you can take steps to treat it at home before seeking professional help. Cases of neck pain that warrant a visit to your doctor include:
- Moderate to severe pain
- Pain that spreads down your arms and legs
- Pain that includes numbness or tingling
- Pain that won’t go away
- Neck pain after car accidents or other injuries
If your neck pain seems relatively mild, you may treat it at home by alternating cold and hot compresses, taking over-the-counter pain medications, or gently exercising your neck before visiting a pain specialist or other physician.
How is neck pain treated?
If you’ve exhausted every home remedy in the book, or if your neck pain warrants a visit to a physician from the beginning, Dr. Ho or Dr. Kwok at Premier Pain Consultants can help you manage it. You may be treated with:
- Muscle relaxants
- Pain medications
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- Neck immobilization using a temporary soft collar
Your doctor assesses the type and severity of your pain before forming a treatment plan to manage it.
If the stiffness and pain in your neck do not improve with time, call or schedule a consultation online at Premier Pain Consultants for help managing it.