Head & Neck Pain
Head and neck pain are often symptoms of a deeper underlying condition requiring medical attention. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of head and neck pain that shouldn’t be ignored.
Concerning Symptoms of Head & Neck Pain
Symptoms of neck pain include:
Reduced range of motion when moving the head
Pain that worsens when holding the head in one position for long periods of time
It’s important to see a doctor if neck pain:
- Becomes severe
- Persists for several days without relief
- Radiates to the arms or legs
- Is accompanied by headache, numbness, weakness, or tingling
Head pain, or headache, may feel like:
Migraine – throbbing that begins on one side of the head and leads to nausea or sensitivity to sound and light
Sinus headache – steady pain behind the face that worsens when bending forward
Tension headache – dull, steady pain that feels like a band being tightened around the head
Cluster headache – persistent pain concentrated on one side of the head that feels like burning, piercing, or throbbing
It’s important to seek medical help if you:
Experience a new type of headache you’ve never felt before
Have a high fever accompanied by nausea, severe pain, and a stiff neck
Feel drowsy with dizziness, vertigo, nausea, or vomiting after sustaining a head injury
Have recurring or painful headaches
Call 911 if you:
Experience a sudden severe headache accompanied by seizure, confusion, loss of consciousness, or change in behavior.
- Experience a severe headache accompanied by vomiting, double vision, limb weakness, slurred speech, or difficulty swallowing
Common Causes of Head & Neck Pain
Neck pain may be caused by:
- Muscle strains. Results from overuse or bad habits, like reading in bed or remaining hunched over a computer or smartphone.
- Worn joints. Occurs when the cartilage between the vertebrae deteriorates and forms bone spurs.
- Nerve compression. Results from herniated discs or bone spurs.
- Injury. May be caused by auto collisions leading to whiplash.
- Illness. Such as rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, or meningitis.
Head pain, or headaches, may be caused by:
Certain foods and drinks
Sudden cessation of medications
Changes in estrogen levels for women
Eye, neck, or back strain caused by poor posture
Secondary headaches may be caused by an underlying medical condition:
Disease of blood vessels in the brain
High blood pressure
Treatment Options for Head & Neck Pain
At Premier Urgent Care, head and neck pain may be treated with injections and pain management techniques.
Pain management techniques can also help alleviate head and neck pain through cold and heat therapy, gentle exercise, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture, cognitive behavior therapy, yoga, deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, music therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
Advanced Treatment for Head & Neck Pain
Head and neck pain caused by underlying medical conditions may require advanced treatment, such as chiropractic adjustment, physical therapy, and even surgery. Premier Urgent Care supports patients needing a range of treatments. Staff is available to answer any questions about obtaining advanced treatment.
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