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:
|A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage||1%||Ruled out|
|Possible Urgent Medical Need||1%||Ruled out|
|Cervical Arthritis||1%||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.
If the body is dehydrated, the intervertebral disks in the cervical spine will also be dehydrated, possibly causing neck pain.
Pain in the neck, back, or shoulder affects more than two-thirds of all people with torticollis.