Neck Pain

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture, an awkward sleeping position or injury. Dr. Edward Hill discusses neck pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Neck pain can occur anywhere from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders. Most neck pain is caused by activities that result in repeated or prolonged movements of the necks muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones or joints.

Less frequently, neck pain is caused by injury, such as whiplash, or by another medical condition, such as infection in the neck area or rheumatoid arthritis.

The pain may spread to your shoulders, upper back or arms, or it may cause a headache. You may not be able to turn your head and neck normally. You may have pain that shoots down the arm or numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm.

You can treat acute neck pain with ice and anti-inflammatory drugs as well as physical therapy. In cases of chronic neck pain, your health professional may prescribe stronger pain medication, such as muscle relaxers or antidepressants. Developing weakness in one or both arms is a reason to see your physician for a more thorough evaluation.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.