Did You Wake Up With Neck Pain?

You went to bed feeling fine, but upon waking up you realized that something was wrong. You’re experiencing severe neck pain and have no idea of what went wrong while you were sleeping.

Before you do anything, stay where you are to assess your situation. Slowly move your neck and arms to better pinpoint the exact location of your pain.

From there, take into consideration any other symptoms you’re experiencing, such as:

•    Numbness or tingling in your arm(s)
•    Overall feeling of discomfort
•    Pain that continues to worsen
•    Tender to the touch
•    Weakness in your arms and/or legs

Don’t push yourself to get out of bed if it’s too painful to do so. Instead, call for help and make your way to your doctor’s office or local emergency room as soon as possible.

From there, your medical team can conduct an examination and order a variety of tests, such as an X-ray and MRI, for a closer look at the injured area.

It’s better to be safe than sorry with your health, as there are various reasons why you may be experiencing pain and discomfort. From a pulled muscle to a slipped disc, you need to find out what’s going on so that you can treat it accordingly.

Virginia Spine Specialists is an award-winning, minimally invasive spinal care practice with locations in Fredericksburg, VA and Manassas, VA. We also serve these Northern and Central Virginia locations: Haymarket, Gainesville, Culpepper, Front Royal, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Colonial Beach, Tappahannock and Lake Anna.