Assessment of neck pain

Last reviewed: 4 Jan 2023
Last updated: 07 Apr 2022

Summary

Differentials

Common

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cervical strain
  • Acute whiplash
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Uncommon

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cervical facet syndrome
  • Spasmodic torticollis
  • Cervical fracture
  • Cervical dislocation
  • Cervical radiculopathy
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cancer: metastatic
  • Cancer: primary
  • Meningitis
  • Vertebral osteomyelitis
  • Epidural abscess
  • Herpes zoster
  • Carotid artery dissection
  • Vertebral artery dissection
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Contributors

Authors

Richard S. Penaloza, MD
Richard S. Penaloza

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Denver

CO

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RSP declares that he has no competing interests.

David J. Tanaka, MD
David J. Tanaka

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Denver

CO

Disclosures

DJT declares that he has no competing interests.

Jeffrey Druck, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Colorado

Denver

CO

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JD declares that he has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers

Allan Binder, MD

Consultant Rheumatologist

Lister Hospital

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Stevenage

UK

Disclosures

AB declares that he has no competing interests.

Margot Putukian, MD

Director of Athletic Medicine

Princeton University

Princeton

NJ

Disclosures

MP is an author of a reference cited in this topic.

Robert McNamara, MD, FAAEM

Chairman

Department of Emergency Medicine

Temple University School of Medicine

Philadelphia

PA

Disclosures

RM declares that he has no competing interests.

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