Causes and Diagnoses

Causes and Diagnoses of Cervical Spine Disorders

Left untreated, cervical spine pain can cause significant problems throughout your life. The Northwestern Medicine spinal care team* can determine the cause of your pain and create a treatment plan for your specific diagnosis.


To diagnose your cervical spine pain, your physician will take a medical history to better understand when your symptoms began, their severity and what may be causing them to improve or worsen. Your physician may also request a neurological exam to test your strength, reflexes and arm and hand sensations. Image tests may be used to help diagnose the source of your pain, including:


In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, some of the physician(s) and/or individual(s) identified are neither agents nor employees of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare or any of its affiliate organizations. They have selected our facilities as places where they want to treat and care for their private patients.