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Neck Stiffness

Alternate Names : Stiff Neck

Neck Stiffness | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the condition diagnosed?

In diagnosing a stiff neck and its causes, a healthcare provider will obtain a medical history and a history of the events leading up to the neck stiffness. A physical exam will be done to diagnose the underlying cause. If a person has been injured, the healthcare provider will be careful during the examination so as to avoid further injury.

If it is possible that the person has meningitis or a subarachnoid hemorrhage, emergency care is needed because these conditions are life-threatening. X-rays, blood tests, spinal taps, and possibly CT scans or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may need to be done to evaluate the possible cause of the stiff neck.

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Neck Stiffness: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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