Neck pain can result from a muscle strain, arthritis, or a more serious trauma — such as an accident or blow to the head. You should consult a doctor right away if you suffer head trauma.
Other causes of neck pain include twisting, jerking, or other odd head movements.
A number of factors can put you at risk for neck pain.
Sports — such as soccer and football — involve rapid neck movements that can strain your neck and cause pain.
Other neck pain risk factors can include:
Left untreated, neck pain can cause you to adjust your movements and posture.
This may lead to:
To make an appointment or learn more about neck pain, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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Neck pain symptoms often involve pain that radiates to other parts of the body, such as the:
People most often notice pain and stiffness in the neck when turning the head side to side.
Other symptoms of neck pain may include:
To diagnose what's causing your neck pain, your doctor at UPMC Sports Medicine may order one or more of the following tests:
To make an appointment or learn more about neck pain symptoms, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
Working with a sports medicine expert to find the root cause of your neck pain is the first step.
Your doctor will review your test results. If there's no serious injury to your neck or spinal cord, we'll design the best treatment plan for your neck pain.
At UPMC Sports Medicine, we treat neck pain in both athletes and nonathletes.
Neck pain treatments may include:
Getting the right treatment for your sore neck will go far in helping you recover faster and avoid further injury.
To make an appointment or learn more about our neck pain treatments, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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