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: