Accurate DiagnosisWhile neck pain is often fairly acute or mild in nature, it can be quite dangerous if not appropriately addressed. That’s why an accurate diagnosis is extremely important when dealing with neck pain. Are you confident in the diagnosis you’ve received for your neck malady?

Neck Pain Varies

While neck pain may just feel like neck pain to you, there are actually different classifications. Here are the three types:

  • Axial Neck Pain. Soft tissue pain is referred to as axial neck pain in the medical world. This type of pain usually results from a degenerative disc, facet joint, muscle strain or whiplash.
  • Myelopathy Neck Pain. This pain is related to pressure on the spinal cord. Symptoms range from neck pain to arm or leg weakness, , numbness, tingling or balance disturbances.
  • Radiculopathy Neck Pain. This type refers to pain stemming from nerve root compression. Symptoms include arm pain, weakness, and possible numbness.

Treatments Vary

Depending on the type and severity of the neck pain, treatment plans vary drastically. While one situation may call for surgery, another may simply require physical therapy. When a doctor suggests a particular treatment plan, he/she should be able to provide a reasonable explanation tied to an accurate diagnosis.

Before proceeding with any treatment, make sure you have an accurate diagnosis. If you don’t feel like your diagnosis is precise enough, don’t hesitate to seek out a second opinion.