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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011 Aug;22(3):485-502, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2011.02.009. Epub 2011 Jun 15.

Neck pain from a rheumatologic perspective.

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Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Specialties, Aventura, FL 33180, USA. eoberstein@med.miami.edu

Abstract

This article provides a comprehensive review of rheumatologic considerations for a clinician when evaluating a patient with neck pain. Clearly, anatomic derangements of the cervical spine should be considered when a patient complains of cervicalgia. However, one must also entertain the possibility of a systemic illness as the cause of the pain. Examples of diseases that may present with a prominent feature of neck pain are discussed, including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis, myositis, and fibromyalgia. Evidence of an underlying rheumatic illness may guide the clinician in a different therapeutic direction.

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21824589
DOI:
10.1016/j.pmr.2011.02.009
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