Doctor's Answers (3)
Neck pain (back of neck, not the front) must be further evaluated by a specialist with an MRI scan if accompanied by the following:
Thank you for your question. In general, neck pain is a concern if it persists for more than a few days.
It may be a sign of problems in the neck or spine which include:
Neck pain can also arise from:
Please see a doctor in order to rule out any potentially complicated diagnosis.
Neck pain is a common occurrence especially with the use of our mobile devices like handphones and tablets. Most of the time, it is due to poor posture and prolonged looking down on the laptop computer.
Neck pain when it is persistent, worst at night and affects your sleep, needs to be assessed by a doctor. If you have any of these symptoms, you will also need an assessment to determine its severity:
The doctor may order simple tests like x-rays or blood tests and even an MRI if he/she suspects compression of the nerves or spinal cord.
Dr James Tan