Neck pain


Pain in the neck and shoulder that varies in intensity. It may feel dull and achy or like an electric shock from the neck to the arm.


Self-care includes using an ice pack alternating with heat several times a day for up to 15 minutes, gentle stretching and massage. Gentle exercise and good posture help with prevention.

When to seek immediate medical care

Seek medical care immediately if neck pain is associated with:

  • Trauma or injury.
  • Weakness in an arm or leg.
  • Trouble walking.
  • High fever.

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a health care professional if neck pain:

  • Worsens despite self-care.
  • Persists for several weeks.
  • Radiates down one or both arms or legs.
  • Is accompanied by headache, weakness, numbness or tingling.