neck pain

HOW IS NECK PAIN DIAGNOSED?

Along with a complete medical history and physical exam, diagnostic procedures for neck pain may include:

  • Blood tests. These tests can help diagnose underlying inflammatory disease.
  • X-ray. A test that uses electromagnetic energy beams to make images of bones onto film.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This procedure uses large magnets and a computer to make detailed images of organs and structures within the body. MRI can often identify damage or disease of internal structures within our joints, or in a surrounding ligament or muscle. 
  • Computed tomography scan (also called a CT or CAT scan). An imaging procedure uses X-rays and computer technology to make images of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than general X-rays.
  • Electromyogram (EMG). A test to evaluate nerve function. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/neck-pain-and-stiff-neck/
neck pain

NECK PAIN, WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE NECK PAIN? TESTING AND DIAGNOSING NECK PAIN

Neck pain is pain that starts in the neck and can be associated with radiating pain down one or both of the arms. Neck pain can come from many disorders or diseases that involve any of the tissues in the neck, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, or muscles. The neck region of the spinal column, the cervical spine, consists of seven bones (C1-C7 vertebrae), which are separated from one another by intervertebral discs. These discs allow the spine to move freely and act as shock absorbers during activity.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL HELP IF YOU HAVE NECK PAIN?

Seek medical help for neck pain if:

  • It occurs after an injury or blow(s) to the head.
  • A stiff neck prevents from touching chin to chest.
  • Pain shoots down one or both arms.
  • There is tingling, numbness or weakness in the arms or hands.
  • Neck symptoms are associated with leg weakness or loss of coordination in arms or legs.
  • The pain does not respond to over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Pain does not improve after a week.
  • Fever or headache accompanies neck pain.

TESTING AND DIAGNOSING NECK PAIN

Diagnosis is made based on patient history, symptoms, a physical examination and results of diagnostic studies, if necessary. The tests may include:

  • Computed Tomography Scan (CT or CAT scan)
  • Discography
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Selective Nerve Root Block
  • X-rays

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