Neck pain is a sign of some kind of muscle injury, result of physical exertion, stress or even other forms of pressure on the area. Symptoms of neck pain include shooting spasms and pain in the neck area, which includes trouble in turning the neck or rotating it. You would also feel some dizziness and nausea here due to constant pain accompanied with swelling.
HOW IS NECK PAIN DIAGNOSED?
A general physician can diagnose the condition with a thorough physical examination. Sometimes, imaging tests may be needed for definitive diagnosis when the pain is chronic. This can include MRI or a simple x-ray. An electromyography may also be needed in some cases.
HOW IS NECK PAIN TREATED?
Treatment for neck pain may include:
• ice and heat therapy
• exercise, stretching, and physical therapy
• pain medication
• corticosteroid injections
• muscle relaxants
• a neck collar
• antibiotics if you have an infection
• hospital treatment if a condition such as meningitis or heart attack is the cause
• surgery, which is rarely necessary
• transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation