What Causes Neck Pain?
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:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "neck pain" as a symptom. Here are eight possibilities:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Cervical Arthritis
- A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
- Possible Urgent Medical Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very dry eyes
being easily irritated
allergies to certain foods
daily morning stiffness
high caffeinated soda consumption
low alcohol consumption
slight tongue swelling
lower back pain
... and more than 60 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of neck pain:
|A Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
|Possible Urgent Medical Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
If you have neck pain, how severe is it?
→ 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
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate not having neck pain, slight neck pain, significant neck pain or severe neck pain, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
A Potentially Urgent Medical Need
|Severe neck pain can indicate a potentially life-threatening condition, such as meningitis, encephalitis or a subarachnoid hemorrage.|