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Neck pain

Neck pain: Introduction

This section addresses pain in the external neck or related tissues, and not in the throat. For pain internal to the throat, see sore throat and other throat symptoms....more »

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Causes of Neck pain:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Neck pain. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes in Children: Neck pain

Home Diagnostic Testing and Neck pain

Home medical tests possibly related to Neck pain:

Causes of Types of Neck pain:

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Neck pain: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Neck pain, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Neck pain Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Neck pain may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Neck pain

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Neck pain may include:

Stories from Users for Neck pain

Real-life user stories relating to Neck pain:

Message Boards for Neck pain

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Neck pain or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Neck pain:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Neck pain. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • General appearance - e.g. pale and sweating must consider heart attack; photophobia (dislike for light) must consider meningitis or subarachnoid hemorrhage.
    • Examine for painful neck stiffness (which suggests meningitis or subarachnoid hemorrhage) or painless neck resistance (may be found with cervical spine spondylosis)
    • Inspection of neck, noting willingness to move head and neck, level of shoulders, any tendency to hold neck to side and the contour of neck form the side - e.g. person with torticollis (wry neck) holds head away from the painful side; person with whiplash or cervical spondylosis (degeneration) tends to hold the neck stiff, the head forward and tends to turn the body rather than turn the head.
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Neck pain: Animations

Medications or substances causing Neck pain:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Neck pain as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Neck pain: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Neck pain may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Neck pain

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Neck pain:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Neck pain. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Neck pain: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Neck pain

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Neck pain: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Neck pain: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Neck pain listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Neck pain as a symptom include:

Definitions of Neck pain:

Discomfort or more intense forms of pain that are localized to the cervical region. This term generally refers to pain in the posterior or lateral regions of the neck.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Organs affected by Neck pain:

The list of organs typically affected by Neck pain may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Neck pain

The list below shows some of the causes of Neck pain mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Neck pain?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Neck pain. Of the 148 causes of Neck pain that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 7 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 7 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 140 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Neck pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Neck pain' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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  • Quinsy ... tender neck lymph glands






Conditions listing medical complications: Neck pain:

The following list of medical conditions have Neck pain or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


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Causes of Neck pain Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Neck pain based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Neck pain?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Neck pain, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Neck pain:

    Medical Conditions associated with Neck pain:

    Pain (6458 causes), Neck symptoms (833 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Pain symptoms (6458 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Neck pain:

    Sore throat (512 causes), Neck symptoms (833 causes), Neck stiffness (53 causes), Throat symptoms (3410 causes), Poor sleeping posture, Neck injury (11 causes), Whiplash, Neck strain, Neck sprain (7 causes), Neck muscle disorder, Neck muscle spasm (15 causes), Neck ligament disorder, Torticollis (48 causes), Head injury (3 causes)

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

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    Medical News summaries about Neck pain

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    Evidence Based Medicine Research for Neck pain

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