Exams and Tests
Neck pain is
usually evaluated with a medical history and physical exam. Your doctor
will ask about your symptoms, injuries or illnesses, any previous treatment,
and habits and activities that may be causing your neck pain. During the
physical exam, your doctor will check your neck's range of motion and check for
pain caused by movement. He or she will look for areas of tenderness and any
nerve-related changes, such as
numbness, tingling, or weakness in the arm or hand.
Blood tests may be done to check for an illness or
Imaging, electromyogram, and nerve conduction tests
You may not need X-rays or other imaging tests. But tests may help if your neck pain doesn't get better, especially when:
- You have signs of nerve damage.
- Another serious problem is suspected.
- The cause of your condition cannot be clearly
- Nonsurgical treatment has not improved your condition and you are considering surgery.
- Your doctor is asked to provide documentation of your
condition, such as when a lawsuit or an insurance issue is involved.
Besides X-rays, tests may include: