If the pain doesn't go away in a few days, or if it becomes hard to bear, have a spine specialist evaluate you to see if there are more serious causes. Make an appointment
- The pain is unbearable.
- The pain persists more than 3 months.
- There are arm symptoms with neck symptoms (pain, numbness, weakness).
- There are walking problems (imbalance, gait stiffness, wide-based gait).
- There are bowel and bladder control problems.
*The symptoms in bold point to a serious underlying cause and immediate medical treatment is required.