Neck Pain (cont.)
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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 infection.
Imaging, electromyogram, and nerve conduction tests
You may not need X-rays or other imaging tests at first. But tests may help if your neck pain doesn't get better, especially when:
Besides X-rays, tests may include:
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