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Neck Pain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about neck pain?

You may have sudden neck pain that increases quickly. You may instead feel pain build slowly over time. Neck pain may go away in a few days or weeks, or it may continue for months. The pain may come and go, or be worse with certain movements. The pain may be only in your neck, or it may move to your arms, back, or shoulders. You may also have pain that starts in another body area and moves to your neck. Some types of neck pain are permanent.

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What causes or increases my risk for neck pain?

How is the cause of neck pain diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms and when they began. Tell your provider if you were recently in an accident or had another injury to your neck. Your provider will examine your neck and shoulders. You may move your head and arms in certain ways to see if any position causes or relieves the pain.

How is neck pain treated?

Treatment will depend on what is causing your pain.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage or prevent neck pain?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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