When Does Neck Pain Call for Medical Intervention?

Just because you’re experiencing neck pain or discomfort doesn’t necessarily mean you should seek medical intervention. For example, if you know that your discomfort is related to sleeping in an awkward position overnight, you can treat it at home with ice therapy, heat therapy, and rest. 

However, there are times when it’s best to consult with a specialist. Consider the following:

1. You don’t know the cause of your pain

If you know the cause of your pain, it’s easier to determine if you require medical assistance. However, if your pain has come about gradually or arrived without notice, there’s a greater reason for concern. 

2. Your pain is worsening with time

Pain that continues to get worse generally signifies a more serious underlying issue. The sooner you seek a professional diagnosis, the sooner you can identify the root cause and implement the appropriate treatment strategy. 

3. You’re experiencing other side effects

Neck pain alone is bad enough, but depending on the cause it could result in other side effects. These include but are not limited to reduced range of motion, numbness, tingling, and weakness in your arms or fingers. 

Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. If you have a reason to seek medical intervention, take action.  

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.