Nearly everyone experiences some type of neck pain at some point in their lives, but for most it is a temporary, fairly insignificant event. Whether the pain is caused by poor posture, improper lifting or something much worse like vertebral damage from an accident, the symptoms can be so general and indistinct that it can be difficult to recognize whether the condition requires medical attention, or simply needs time to resolve itself.

Individuals dealing with neck pain should watch for the following signs of serious neck issues:

  • Persistent headaches or tingling sensations
  • Weakness or numbness in any part of the body
  • Severe pain that interrupts your ability to function
  • Migration of pain down the arms or legs

The type and duration of neck pain you experience can be a clue in determining the issue that is causing it. Pain that radiates down the arms, for example, may be caused by a herniated disc or a pinched nerve. Tingling in the shoulders may indicate cervical spondylosis (a degeneration of cervical spinal cartilage also called cervical osteoarthritis).

The good news is that a great deal of neck pain is caused by a temporary condition, and can be alleviated with non-surgical treatments. If your neck pain lasts for more than 6-12 months, however, you may be dealing with a chronic condition or degenerative disease that requires further treatment and/or surgery. If a cervical disc is herniated and causing significant pain, for example, a discectomy can be performed to remove the offending disc and provide permanent relief.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these severe neck pain symptoms, or if you’re experiencing a different neck pain issue that you’d like to have evaluated, set up an appointment with us to diagnose and treat your neck pain before it worsens.