When To Call a Doctor Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if: Neck pain occurs with chest pain or
other symptoms of a heart attack, such as shortness of breath and nausea.
A person has signs of damage to the
spine after an injury (such as a car
accident, fall, or direct blow to the
spine). Signs may include:
Being unable to move part of
the body. Severe back or neck pain. Weakness, tingling, or numbness in
the arms or legs.
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
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You have new or worsening numbness in your arms, buttocks or legs. You have new or worsening weakness in your arms or legs. (This could make it hard to stand up.) You lose control of your bladder or bowels. You have long-term neck pain that
suddenly gets much worse, and
you did not cause it by being more
active. You have a history of cancer or
HIV infection, and you have new or
increased neck pain. Pain wakes you from sleep.
more information, see the topic
Neck Problems and Injuries. Watchful waiting
Most neck pain doesn't require a visit to a doctor.
If the pain doesn't get better after 1 or 2 days and you can't do your normal daily activities, call your doctor.
If you still have mild to moderate pain after at least 2 weeks of home
treatment, talk with your doctor. He or she may want to check for problems that may be causing your neck pain.
Who to see Health care professionals who often diagnose the cause of neck
If your neck pain is severe or long-lasting, health
professionals who can treat you include:
You can also get care
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.