Neck pain

Pain and stiffness in the neck

Our spinal, neurological and orthopaedic surgeons may be able to help if you have a stiff or painful neck

About neck pain

Neck pain is rarely a sign of anything serious. It can happen if you've strained a muscle or sat or slept in an awkward position. Bad posture, anxiety and stress can also lead to neck pain. Normally, the problem will go away after a few days or weeks. If yours doesn't, our spinal, neurological and orthopaedic surgeons may be able to help.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of neck pain? icon plus

    Neck pain or stiffness can often be the result of simple factors, like bad posture or sleeping in an awkward position. Ordinary painkillers (like paracetamol and ibuprofen) can help to relieve these symptoms.

    Sometimes, you can wake up with your neck twisted and locked to one side. This is called acute torticollis and is often caused by injury or bad posture.

    In other cases, a stiff neck may be down to cervical spondylosis (wear and tear of your neck bones and joints) or whiplash (a sudden forward movement of your head) can also lead to neck pain and stiffness.
  • Diagnosing your neck pain icon plus

    Your GP or consultant will discuss your symptoms with you to make a diagnosis. If necessary, they may also carry out tests to establish the basis of the problem.
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you. These might range from powerful painkillers to massage and physiotherapy.

Our neck pain consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic and neurosurgical experts specialising in the neck and spine, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. Our consultants are supported by experienced teams of orthopaedic nurses and spinal clinical nurse specialists, as well as musculoskeletal physiotherapists.

Our locations

From complex spinal surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional back care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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