You may have neck stiffness. Pain may be worse when moving your neck. The pain can be any type of pain, such as burning, sharp, dull, and tingling. The pain may spread to other parts of the body such as the head, shoulders, and arms.
You will be asked about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a specialist. Orthopedists help people with their bones and joints. A neurologist or neurosurgeon helps people with their nerves and spinal cord.
Pictures of your spine may be needed. This can be done with:
Most cases of neck pain are treated medically. In some cases, surgery is needed. The type of surgery will depend on the cause of pain. For example, if you have a herniated disc in your neck, surgery will
remove the damaged part of the disc.
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