Neck Pain Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan


Neck pain is pain in or around the spine beneath your head (cervical spine) and typically occurs due to poor posture, overuse or injury. It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of neck pain.

What Is neck pain?

The neck is composed of vertebrae or backbones of the spine that extend from the skull to the upper torso.

Many bones, ligaments and muscles in the neck support the head, giving the neck its stability and flexibility.

Neck pain is pain in or around the spine beneath your head (cervical spine) and typically occurs due to poor posture, overuse or injury. 

What Causes Neck Pain?

Common causes of neck pain include:

  • Muscle strains or overuse of neck muscles
  • Injuries or direct blows to the neck or head
  • Nerve compressions
  • Diseases and medical conditions such as heart attack, rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune and chronic inflammatory condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells in your body) or meningitis (inflammation of the thin tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord)

What Are the Symptoms of Neck Pain?

Common symptoms of neck pain include:

  • Sharp pain, especially when moving your head or neck
  • Neck stiffness/ difficulty turning head, or looking up and down
  • Aching shoulders especially near the base of the neck
  • Headache especially at back of the head

How Is Neck Pain Diagnosed?

Your doctor will first perform a physical examination of your head and neck to check for symptoms such as pain, stiffness or tenderness, as well as test your neck’s mobility. A review of your medical history and lifestyle habits may also be conducted.

In addition to a thorough history and physical examination by your doctor, you may also require one or more of the following imaging tests to further determine the cause of your neck pain:

  • Blood tests
  • X-ray
  • CT or MRI scans
  • Electromyography (allows your doctor to assess your muscle health and the nerves that control your muscles)
​​Is your neck pain affecting your quality of life, and your ability to perform everyday activities such as working, playing sports and wearing your clothes?
Dr. Tan will assess your symptoms in detail before recommending the right surgical option for your specific injury.

How Is Neck Pain Treated?

Common treatment methods include:

  • Warm compression
  • Physical therapy
  • Taking pain relievers and muscle relaxants
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Traction, which uses weights or pulleys to gently stretch your neck
  • Short-term immobilisation by using a neck collar

Although rarely required for neck pain, surgery may be recommended if non-surgical methods are ineffective in improving your symptoms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is neck pain serious? When should I visit a doctor?
What increases the risks of neck pain?
How to prevent neck pain?

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