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Most neck pain originates from minor issues, such as muscle strain due to poor posture or sleeping in an uncomfortable position, and resolves without treatment or with modest lifestyle changes. However, certain signs and symptoms are indicators that there is likely a more serious underlying problem. These include:
If any of the symptoms above apply to you, or if your neck pain is not improving, it may be time to schedule an appointment with one of our providers.
Neck pain may be caused by:
Neck pain can also develop after an injury that has forced your head into an unexpected back-and-forth motion, for instance during a car accident. This injury is referred to as whiplash and can damage the soft tissue in your neck. Whiplash can also lead to a herniated disc or worsen preexisting conditions.
Numerous conservative therapies are used to alleviate neck pain and restore function. Some of these include:
However, if conservative treatments have failed to manage your neck pain, surgery may be recommended to address its root cause. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Li to determine if surgery may be right for you.