Evaluation and treatment of neck pain

H. H. Sherk, William C. Watters, III, L. Zeiger

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A patient who presents in an office setting with the complaint of neck pain can have any of a wide variety of problems. To make a correct diagnosis and to begin proper treatment, the physician must consider all the possibilities and routinely conduct a standard interview and examination. The knowledge gained in this way permits the physician to make a series of decisions, each of which leads predictably to the next and, it is hoped, to the successful conclusion of treatment in the majority of instances. The purpose of this paper is to present algorithms for evaluating and treating these patients and to establish a systematic method for solving the problems they present. In addition, nonoperative outpatient treatment methods will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)439-452
Number of pages14
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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