You might initially contact your family doctor about your neck pain, and he or she may refer you to:
- A doctor who specializes in nonoperative treatment of musculoskeletal conditions (physical medicine and rehabilitation)
- A doctor who specializes in arthritis and other diseases that affect the joints (rheumatologist)
- A doctor who specializes in treating nerve-related disorders (neurologist)
- A doctor who operates on bones and joints (orthopedic surgeon)
What you can do
Before your appointment, you may want to write a list of answers to the following questions:
- When did your symptoms begin?
- Have you ever injured your neck? If so, when did the injury occur?
- Do any particular neck movements improve or worsen the pain?
- What medications and supplements do you take regularly?
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor might ask some of the following questions:
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- Where exactly does your pain occur?
- Is the pain dull, sharp or shooting?
- Do you have numbness or weakness?
- Does the pain radiate into your arm?
- Is the pain made worse by straining, coughing or sneezing?
- Do you have other physical problems?
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- Chiropractic and neck pain. American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=2430. Accessed June 11, 2015.
- Neck pain. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00231. Accessed June 11, 2015.