Font Size

Neck Strain (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Neck Strain?

If one's symptoms do not go away as expected or if new symptoms appear, seek medical attention without delay.

  • Call a doctor if experiencing the following symptoms:
    • Severe, unremitting neck pain
    • Neck pain unaffected by changes in position or pain that is not controlled or if relief is not provided with appropriate medication
    • Severe night neck pain
    • Severe, persistent neck muscle spasms
    • Inability to perform daily work or activities that one could do prior to the illness
  • In addition, symptoms suggesting possible injury to the vital structures contained in the neck should prompt early contact with a doctor. These may include the following:
  • If unable to reach a doctor, one should go to a hospital's emergency department without delay for evaluation of any of these types of problems.
  • If one gets sick or reinjured while neck pain is present, contact a doctor.

Seek immediate medical attention for any symptom suggesting a problem affecting the nervous system, airway, or spinal cord.

  • Symptoms of spinal cord injury
  • Evaluation by an orthopedist or neurosurgeon may be required to check for a condition requiring urgent surgical treatment.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/3/2016

Must Read Articles Related to Neck Strain

Whiplash Whiplash is a nonmedical term used to describe neck pain following an injury to the soft tissues of your neck (specifically ligaments, tendons, and muscles).learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Neck Strain:

Neck Strain - Treatment

What was the treatment for your neck strain?

Neck Strain - Symptoms and Signs

What were your neck strain symptoms and signs?

Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Cervical Sprain and Strain »

Cervical strain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems encountered by generalists and neuromusculoskeletal specialists in the clinic.

Read More on Medscape Reference »

Medical Dictionary