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 diseasecervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.

Whiplash diagnosis will require patient history, a physical exam, and diagnostic imaging.

The diagnosis of cervicogenic headache (CGH) is based on medical history, manual examination, and/or other advanced diagnostic techniques.

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.

Two facet joints are located at the back of each vertebral level. Degeneration of these facet joints can lead to the development of bone spurs and other structural problems.

Many factors may be involved with neck pain becoming severe or debilitating. Learn what may contribute to severe pain and when to see a doctor

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