Chronic Neck Pain

(Neck Pain, Chronic)

Definition

Chronic neck pain is pain in the neck over a long period of time. It usually lasts more than three months. The pain can range from mild to severe.
Nerve Pain in Neck
Neck pain
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Causes

Chronic neck pain can be caused by a number of conditions, including problems with the muscles, nerves, or bones.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your risk of chronic neck pain include having:

Symptoms

Chronic neck pain may also cause you to have neck stiffness. Pain may be worse when moving your neck. The pain can be any type of pain including burning, sharp, dull, and tingling. The pain may spread to other parts of the body such as the shoulders and arms.
Muscles of the Neck
Neck Muscles
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Diagnosis

You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. You may be referred to a specialist. Orthopedists specialize in bones and joints. A neurologist or neurosurgeon specializes in the nerves and spinal cord.Images of your spine may be needed. This can be done with: Your nerve and muscle function may need to be measured. This can be done using electromyography (EMG).

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