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How is neck pain diagnosed?

Neck pain is usually diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination. The first step in figuring out the cause is a history and physical exam. This may be all that is needed to make the diagnosis. Your health professional will ask about your symptoms, injuries or illnesses, any previous treatment, and habits and activities that may be causing your neck pain. During the physical examination, your health professional will check your neck's range of motion and look for areas of tenderness and any nerve-related changes, such as numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arms or hands. In other cases, further tests may be needed. Different tests may be ordered, depending upon the suspected cause of the neck pain. For instance, blood tests can be used to help diagnose some infections in the thyroid gland. Neck x-rays are commonly used, and can detect arthritis in the neck or broken and dislocated bones in the neck. Special x-ray tests, such as a CT scan, may be needed in certain cases. For instance, a CT scan can help detect bulging disks or tumors in the neck.


More information on neck pain

What is neck pain? - Neck pain is pain that occurs anywhere from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders.
What causes neck pain? - Common neck pain is from muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are responsible.
What're the symptoms of neck pain? - Symptoms of neck pain include osteoarthritis, headaches; pain in the shoulder, arm or hand.
How is neck pain diagnosed? - Neck pain is usually diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination.
What's the treatment for neck pain? - Most cases of neck pain disappear without treatment or with the help of mild pain killers.
How to prevent neck pain? - Prevention of neck pain is related to the cause. Avoid slouching or a head-forward posture.
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