What are the causes of neck pain?
Causes of neck pain include:
- "Mechanical" causes
- Muscle injury
- Cervical spine osteoarthritis
- Spinal stenosis
Inflammatory rheumatic diseases
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylarthritis
- Rheumatic polymyalgia
- Temporal arteritis
Polymyositis - Dermatomyitis
- Neoplastic diseases
- Various other diseases
- Paget's disease
Of all the above causes of neck pain most commonly are so-called "mechanical". A rheumatologist doctor based on the patient's history, clinical examination, and appropriate, when needed, visual examination of the spinal cord (usually with radiographs, sometimes with CT or MRI and more rarely with other methods) diagnosis of the cause of neck pain and will determine the treatment accordingly.
What is the treatment of neck pain?
The therapeutic agents used to treat neck pain are similar to those applied to back pain with the exception of epidural injections, which are not applicable to the treatment of neck pain. Neck collar can be used as prescribed by the treating physician.
Generally, the treatment plan to be applied to a particular patient with neck pain is determined by the treating physician based on the cause, clinical data, and specific characteristics of the patient.
from: Ελληνικό Ίδρυμα Ρευματολογίας
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