Chronic vs. Acute● Neck pain that has lasted longer than six months is classed as chronic.● Acute neck pain may last just a minute or so as a muscle cramp occurs, or up to six months.
What Will Your Doctor Ask?● When the symptoms started● The severity of the pain and other symptoms● Where in the neck the pain is● Other symptoms, such as numbness/tingling● What aggravates/relieves your symptoms● The duration of the pain
Tests to ExpectYou might encounter the following tests duringyour neck pain diagnosis:● X-Ray● MRI or CT scan● Bone Scan (particularly if osteoporosis is suspected)● Myelogram● Electromyography● Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)
Where to Go NextYou have your diagnosis so what now?● Remove neck pain triggers● Medication for pain relief (NSAIDs etc.)● Physical therapy● Alternative neck pain treatments● Epidural steroid injectionsAnd, if these fail to reduce symptoms....
The Last ResortNeck Surgery is the last resort in most cases ofneck pain as it poses higher risks thanconservative treatments such as NSAIDs.Ask your doctor about your options to treatboth chronic and acute neck pain and find outmore at PainNeck.com