Neck stiffness 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 stiffness, we could:
|A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage||90%||Confirm|
|Ankylosing Spondylitis||5%||Ruled out|
|Cervical Arthritis||1%||Ruled out|
If you have a stiff neck, how long has it been this way?
Possible responses:→ Don't know / not applicable
→ Over 1 year
→ 1 to 12 months
→ 1 week to 1 month
→ Less than 1 week