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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Pain and stiffness in the neck can be caused by a number of factors, but mainly by inflammation, infection or trauma. Inflammation of the neck and spinal cord can be indicated by an inability to touch the chin to the chest.

Differential diagnosis of causes of neck stiffness and pain

In alphabetical order. [1] [2]

Diagnosis

  • Physical examination

History and Symptoms

Other

Laboratory Findings

  • Labs include

MRI and CT

Other Imaging Findings

  • Cervical spine radiographs if trauma or neck infection are indicated.

Treatment

  • Trauma
  • soft collar immobilization
  • halo brace immobilization

Acute Pharmacotherapies

  • Torticollis/soft tissue injuries

Indications for Surgery

References

  1. Sailer, Christian, Wasner, Susanne. Differential Diagnosis Pocket. Hermosa Beach, CA: Borm Bruckmeir Publishing LLC, 2002:77 ISBN 1591032016
  2. Kahan, Scott, Smith, Ellen G. In A Page: Signs and Symptoms. Malden, Massachusetts: Blackwell Publishing, 2004:68 ISBN 140510368X



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