In this chapter we discuss the etiology of neck pain and its differential diagnoses. Neck pain has an annual prevalence of over 30% and presents in either an acute, sub-acute or chronic fashion. The pain can be somatic or neuropathic and could be caused by degenerative spinal changes, nerve root compression or a more ominous underlying pathology. There are significant personal and socioeconomic burdens with neck pain, making it the fourth leading cause of disability.
KeywordsNeck pain Cervical pain Cervicalgia Somatic pain Neuropathic pain Radicular pain