Neck Pain

Neck pain can range from mild discomfort that is easily ignored to severe, burning pain. Pain located in the neck is very common among adults and can occur at any age. Around 15% of American adults have neck pain that lasts at least one full day each year. These pains usually can be relieved through home-care, but may require nonsurgical medical treatments. Neck pain can develop suddenly, such as from an injury, or it may develop slowly over time, such as from years of poor posture or wear and tear.

Symptoms of Neck Pain Are:

  • Numbness
  • Sharp Pain
  • Headaches
  • Stiff Neck
  • Soreness

The neck is very susceptible to injury, particularly when the neck is pushed outside of its normal range of motion. A common neck injury is “whip lash” which is caused by a sudden jerk of the head pulling the neck outside of it normal range of motion.

Neck Pain is Diagnosed by:

  • Blood Tests
  • X-ray
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan
  • Lumbar Puncture/Spinal Tap
  • Electromyography

Neck pains can be eased through home care. If your pain is minor try some of these methods to help relieve your pain. Excercise you neck everyday, use slow streching motions up and down and side to side. Use ice on the location of the pain. Use good posture and change your position often.

Conditions Associated with Neck Pain

  • Cancer Pain
  • Facet Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis

Common Treatments for Neck Pain

  • Epidural Nerve Block
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Medial Branch Block
  • Medication Management
  • Radiofrequency Neuroablation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Injections

Neck Pain FAQs


Muscle strain is the most common cause of neck discomfort, which occurs when a muscle is overstretched and torn. Neck strain is often caused by poor posture or support, such as when sleeping with the neck in an awkward position. Other possible causes include:

  • Lifting objects that are too heavy
  • Accidents involving collisions or falls, as well as sports injuries
  • Trying a new hobby
  • Repetitive Actions - Too much repetition can cause muscle tension.

Correct posture and body position can prevent neck pain. Here are a few additional tips-

  • Try not to be sloppy. Consider keeping your head, neck, and spine in a straight, aligned line.
  • Sit up straight in a chair, supporting your lower back.
  • Keep one foot flat on the floor.
  • Place your computer so that the screen is at eye level.
  • Instead of holding the phone on your shoulder, use a headset or speaker when talking on the phone.
  • Regularly stretch your neck muscles.
  • Use a neck pillow while sleeping.

Neck discomfort is common and may not cause much concern at first. The most common types of mild to moderate neck discomfort are usually relieved within one to two weeks by improving posture and lifestyle changes. If neck discomfort persists, your doctor may recommend different therapies. However, chronic neck discomfort can last for more than three months. If the pain becomes persistent, psychological stress is often the cause.

Most of the neck pain cases can be treated non-surgically, including self-medication at home and/or under the guidance of a physician. A short rest, applying ice, and gentle stretching can relieve the pain in a few days. Other common treatments for neck pain include-

  • Surgery
  • Non-surgical treatments
  • Medicine (to reduce inflammation and control pain)
  • Physical therapy
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Neck brace or immobilization
  • Exercise
  • Massage therapy
  • Epidural Nerve Block
  • Facet Joint Injections
  • Medial Branch Block
  • Medication Management
  • Radiofrequency Neuroablation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Injections

Neck pain should be first treated using self-care methods. However, your neck pain is serious; if these symptoms persist-

  • The situation worsened even after self-care.
  • It extends along your arm or leg.
  • Headache, weakness, numbness or tingling.
  • Muscle fatigue- Weakness in an arm or leg or difficulty walking
  • Fever- Meningitis, an infection of the lining that covers the spinal cord and brain, can occur if you experience neck discomfort and a high temperature.

Aside from the discomfort caused by neck pain, it can also interfere with your routine. More issues might occur, such as-

  • Pain radiating into both arms or legs
  • Arm or leg numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Balance or coordination issues
  • bowel or bladder control problems
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Chills or fever
  • Headache with a stiff neck

Avoid keeping your head in one position for extended periods, such as when driving or working at a computer.

Patient Testimonials

  • The care they give is amazing. The front desk gals are so friendly and helpful assisting with anything I've asked. My PA Nathan is very knowledgeable, personable and has been amazing in assisting me with my pain issue's along with other problems. I would and do recommend them to my friends and family.

    SanDee Rhett Avatar SanDee Rhett
    February 16, 2024

    I've been very impressed with the care Emily and her MA Laicy has given me. From the beginning Emily has done everything that she can to see that I go in the right direction for the pain that I've been in. I'm so grateful for my knee injections. I'm starting to feel like a normal person. I will continue recommending Spine Team.

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    November 19, 2023

    Always helpful and great to see. Once again they came through for me with amazing help! I couldn't leave another 5 star review so I would like to add and just let everyone know how amazing Emily M. and Melissa F. are! The reception are always so friendly and helpful, everyone I've had contact with have always been incredible and positive and make every visit great! I referring to the North side location, as I've never been to the other one, they know how to hire the right people!

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    January 19, 2024
  • I recently had a visit and hip injection by Dr. Sneddon. He is brilliant. Very nice man who figured out a problem I didn't even know I had. Would recommend to anyone. The team is also very pleasant and professional.

    Becky Leighton Avatar Becky Leighton
    February 5, 2024

    Kellie is a knowledgeable and effective therapist for physical pain. She not only diminishes alot of the pain at the visit but she has so much information on any specific part of my body that we are working on at the time that I get educated which helps me understand. She is a positive person. She has an upbeat and outgoing personality. I always look forward to seeing her. She is definitely a bright spot in my day! And...my pain is always better the day she treats me. Win -win.

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    November 19, 2023

    I want to comment on my visits to see Emily and Laicy at the north office; they are so professional and caring! I feel so comfortable with talking to them about the issues I may have at the time and know that when I leave my appointment that we have gone over everything with answers. It is a great feeling that when you walk in the receptionist are so kind and easy going and to go to your appointment and you have the most upbeat and professional healthcare; it just makes your day!

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    November 19, 2023
  • I have have been going to Spine Team for 2 1/2 years. I cannot say enough good things about Emily and Laicy. They know me know my case and are so helpful with anything I need. Even though I have moved farther south in Idaho I will still continue to keep my care with them Thank you

    Candi Rosco Avatar Candi Rosco
    November 19, 2023

    I have been a patient with Spine Team for about the last two years and have to say they are number one! Dr. Emily has been a great listener and really pays special attention to my needs also the other team members Angel and Laicy do a fine job of keeping my appointments on time and checking me in. Life is a journey and not a destination and with the help Spine Team North my quality of life has improved greatly.

    ryan kunz Avatar ryan kunz
    December 19, 2023

    Emily and Laicy @ Spokane Spine Team are great!! All the staff are wonderful! I love working with Emily. She is such a caring and compassionate Doctor and is always trying to find ways to get rid of my pain or make it more manageable. And great big THANK YOU to everyone, especially Emily, at Spokane Spine Team, for all that you do for everyone!! 😊❤️

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    November 19, 2023