Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Why Does My Neck Hurt When I Stand?

Tuesday, 01 Apr 2014 10:22 AM

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.

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Question: I have arthritis at the base of my neck and when I stand for too long I get pain and stiffness in my lower back and around my rib cage. l am 53 years old. What should I do to treat it?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
This sound like you have posture issues compounding your arthritic neck problem. But perhaps something else is also going on. You would be well advised to see your primary care physician for an orthopedic and spinal evaluation.
 
Perhaps you have arthritis, but you may have spondylosis, spondylitis, multilevel disc disease, or scoliosis just to name a few other conditions that may require further evaluation and management. So you should have a viable diagnosis first, then discuss treatment options once your diagnosis is clear.
 
Selected imaging and some testing may be advised to help delineate your disorder(s), and all of these evaluations are available to your primary care physician.

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