Neck pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose neck pain, we could:
|Possible Urgent Medical Need||92%||Confirm|
|A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage||28%||Unlikely|
|Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis||5%||Ruled out|
|Rheumatoid Arthritis||2%||Ruled out|
If you have neck pain, how severe is it?
Possible responses:→ Don't know
→ My neck is not painful
→ It is a minor problem
→ It is significant, but I can function
→ I am in extreme pain, unable to function
Severe neck pain can indicate a potentially life-threatening condition, such as meningitis, encephalitis or a subarachnoid hemorrhage.
Pain in the neck, back, or shoulder affects more than two-thirds of all people with torticollis.