If a patient shows signs of cervical radiculopathy, such as tingling, weakness, or numbness in the shoulder, arm or hand, a doctor will likely conduct an exam.
Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), but it can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and non-surgical care such as medication and chiropractic manipulation. But if neck pain continues or worsens, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment, such as cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.
Diagnosing Neck Pain
Whiplash diagnosis will require patient history, a physical exam, and diagnostic imaging.
The diagnosis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy depends on the patient's history and findings during a physical examination, both of which may then be confirmed by radiologic imaging.
As cervical discs naturally lose water over time, they become susceptible to tearing, which leads to additional dehydration. This cycle is known as cervical degeneration disc disease.