- 1 When should I see an orthopedist for neck pain?
- 2 Should I see a neurologist or orthopedist for neck pain?
- 3 What is the fastest way to relieve neck pain?
- 4 Who is best to see for neck pain?
- 5 What does a neurologist do for neck pain?
- 6 How do I know if my neck pain is serious?
- 7 What are symptoms of nerve damage in neck?
- 8 Will an MRI show nerve damage in the neck?
- 9 Can neck problems affect your brain?
- 10 How do I loosen up my neck muscles?
- 11 What is best for neck pain heat or cold?
- 12 What helps a stiff neck in 60 seconds?
- 13 What do you do if your neck hurts really bad?
- 14 Should I get a massage or go to the chiropractor for neck pain?
- 15 Should you sleep on the side of your neck that hurts?
When should I see an orthopedist for neck pain?
See an orthopedist if: You feel or hear grinding, crunching or popping in your neck bones. Applying heat or ice provides temporary relief, but the pain keeps coming back.
Should I see a neurologist or orthopedist for neck pain?
Any neurologist is highly specialized in diagnosing back pain and neck pain, and in assessing risks and treatment options. Every back pain and neck pain patient is unique, with different degrees of problems associated with a bone or disc abnormality. A neurologist is trained to discover the causes of symptoms.
What is the fastest way to relieve neck pain?
For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:
- Apply heat or ice to the painful area.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities.
- Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear.
Who is best to see for neck pain?
You might initially contact your family doctor about your neck pain, and he or she may refer you to:
- A doctor who specializes in nonoperative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (physical medicine and rehabilitation)
- A doctor who specializes in arthritis and other diseases that affect the joints (rheumatologist)
What does a neurologist do for neck pain?
Every back pain and neck pain patient is unique, with different degrees of problems associated with a bone or disc abnormality. A neurologist is trained to discover the causes of symptoms, as well as using EMG testing to assess the injury to nerves and whether it is reversible in the short and long term.
How do I know if my neck pain is serious?
As a general guideline, the Mayo Clinic says you should contact a doctor if your neck pain:
- Is severe.
- Persists for several days without relief.
- Spreads down arms or legs.
- Is accompanied by a headache, numbness, weakness, or tingling.
What are symptoms of nerve damage in neck?
Symptoms of pinched nerve in the neck include:
- A sharp pain in the arm.
- Pain in the shoulder.
- A feeling of numbness or pins and needles in the arm.
- Weakness of the arm.
- Worsening pain when you move your neck or turn your head.
Will an MRI show nerve damage in the neck?
MRI can detect a variety of conditions of the cervical spine as well as problems in the soft tissues within the spinal column, such as the spinal cord, nerves, and disks.
Can neck problems affect your brain?
In our office, almost all the people who have upper cervical spine instability, who come in for our non-surgical treatments, have an amazing amount of brain fog, the inability to concentrate, anxiety, and depression. These are not the typical things that doctors look for in the neck.
How do I loosen up my neck muscles?
- Keep your head squarely over your shoulders and your back straight.
- Slowly turn your head to the right until you feel a stretch in the side of your neck and shoulder.
- Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds, and then slowly turn your head forward again.
- Repeat on your left side. Do up to 10 sets.
What is best for neck pain heat or cold?
Generally, the recommendation is to use ice for the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury to reduce swelling, followed by heat to loosen muscles and improve stiffness.
What helps a stiff neck in 60 seconds?
- Step 1: Find the sore spot.
- Step 2: Push into the knot with your fingers, using firm pressure.
- Step 3: Turn your head slightly in the direction opposite the cramp, and bend it diagonally, as if you were trying to touch your armpit with your chin.
- Step 4: Repeat steps 1 through 3 about 20 times in a row.
What do you do if your neck hurts really bad?
How to ease neck pain at home
- Apply ice for the first few days.
- Take OTC pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Take a few days off from sports, activities that aggravate your symptoms, and heavy lifting.
- Exercise your neck every day.
- Use good posture.
Should I get a massage or go to the chiropractor for neck pain?
Generally, chiropractors recommend a massage before any chiropractic adjustments in order to relieve tight muscles for a more effective joint adjustment. Those who just started chiropractic adjustments may also consider massage first before the therapy to reduce any discomfort while the adjustments are being done.
Should you sleep on the side of your neck that hurts?
Almost everybody will experience a sore neck at some point. Sleeping on your side or back can help you keep the stress off your neck and manage pain. You should avoid sleeping on your stomach if possible. Sleeping on your stomach puts your neck at an awkward angle that may make your pain worse.