Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Your doctor may refer you to a specialist. Orthopedists specialize in bones and joints. A neurologist or neurosurgeon specializes in the nerves and spinal cord.
Tests may include the following:
—test that uses radiation to form an image; used to look at neck bones
—test that uses magnetic waves to form an image; used to look at spine and its nerves
—type of x-ray that uses computer to form an image; used to look closely at spine and neck bones
Most cases of neck pain are treated medically. In some cases surgery is needed. The type of surgery will depend upon the cause of pain. For example, if you have a herniated disk in your neck, surgery will
remove part of the disk
To help reduce your chance of getting chronic neck pain, take the following steps:
Maintain good posture.
Take breaks from stationary activities like driving or working at a computer.
Sleep on your back or side and use a supportive pillow.
Stretch your neck, back, and shoulders as needed.
Make sure your desk chair and keyboard are at proper heights.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a