Neck pain can come in many forms, from acute neck pain to chronic neck pain. Some people experience nagging or dull pain in their neck, called chronic neck pain. Others may have sustained an event or injury that causes sharp pain, numbness, or headaches—this is called acute neck pain.
Some conditions of neck pain can be caused by injury such as whiplash, while other forms can be caused by age such as cervical spinal stenosis. If you are experiencing sharp pain, numbness, or headaches, do not hesitate to contact your primary care physician or one of our northern Utah spine specialists at Ogden Clinic.
Serious falls and accidents are the most common cause of cervical fractures. Herniated discs, pinched nerves, and cervical arthritis may be other culprits. For some patients, neck pain comes and goes; others deal with chronic neck pain. Regardless of the cause and type, experiencing neck pain can greatly diminish your quality of life.
For patients with neck pain in northern Utah, our board-certified spine doctors will conduct a physical examination and order spine imaging (and other tests if necessary) to determine the cause. Common tests to diagnose neck pain include:
Because the causes of neck pain vary so much, treatment will depend on your symptoms and the severity of your condition. Some neck pain and pinching can be relieved with conservative treatments such as medication and physical therapy; others may require injections or minimally-invasive surgery to correct.
At Ogden Clinic, our spine specialists see patients of all ages for chronic neck pain and acute (or injury-related) neck pain. Call our offices in Layton or Ogden to schedule a visit today.