Neck pain and injuries can be tricky. In addition to discomfort they can cause in the neck itself, it can also cause pain in the shoulder or down the arm. If you realize, “I hurt my neck,” should you be worried? I address this concern in my latest Ask Dr. Geier video.

I hurt my neck. Should I be worried?

Any neck pain that keeps you from doing what you want to do is worth seeing a doctor. Finding out what the cause is and taking steps to overcome it – whether that’s with physical therapy, anti-inflammation medications, injections, braces or even surgery – is a good start.

I hurt my neck. Should I be worried?

There are some signs that suggest a more urgent problem. Signs and symptoms of nerve injury fall into this category. Common nerve-related symptoms include numbness and/or tingling in certain parts of the arm, hand or fingers, shooting pain down the arm into the hand and fingers, and weakness with grip and other hand activities. If these are present, and especially if they are getting worse, it can be a good idea to see a doctor.

Other indications for seeing a spine physician or surgeon include, but are not limited to, neck pain that is not getting better despite rest, medications and other treatments, pain that comes on with certain movements or motions and many more.

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6 tips to prepare to see an orthopedic surgeon

Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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