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Neck Pain

Alternate Names : Cervical Pain

Neck Pain | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

There are treatments available to reduce pain. These include aspirin, acetaminophen, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen. Stronger pain medications, such as the narcotics codeine and morphine, may be needed in some cases. Other remedies are also available for some conditions, such as over-the-counter muscle pain creams for muscle strain.

It is also important to treat the cause, when possible. For instance, antibiotics can be used to treat strep throat. Medications can be used to control heartburn. Surgery can be used to repair a bulging or ruptured disk. Surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy may be needed to treat a tumor or cancer.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatments used. All medications have possible side effects. For instance, antibiotics may cause allergic reactions, stomach upset, or headache. Surgery carries a risk of bleeding and infection.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Some casesof neck pain go away on their own, such as muscle strain or a pinched nerve, and no further treatment is needed. Others may resolve with treatment, such as strep throat or a bulging or ruptured disk. Other causes, such as cancer, may result in death if treatment is not successful.

How is the condition monitored?

Any change or response to treatment can be reported to the healthcare provider. Other monitoring is related to the cause. For instance, a person with a heart attack may need close monitoring and treatment in the intensive care unit.

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Author: Adam Brochert, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 06/07/01

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