Answers to Common Chronic Neck Pain Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about chronic neck pain.

When should you see a physician?

If you have neck pain, you should see your doctor when:

  • Neck pain doesn’t go away after two or three weeks with modified positioning. 
  • You experience pain, numbness or weakness in an arm. This could be a sign of radiculopathy, commonly called a “pinched nerve”. When a nerve in the neck is compressed or irritated where it branches away from the spinal cord, it may cause pain that radiates into the shoulder, as well as muscle weakness and numbness that travels down the arm and into the hand.
  • You have difficulty maintaining balance. Balance issues may indicate myelopathy, a compression of the spinal cord. This requires immediate medical attention. If you can’t see your doctor right away, go to the emergency room.

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Source: Max Berdichevsky, MD, Premier Orthopedic Spine Center

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