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Parcours de soins pour les douleurs cervicales

Date de la dernière mise à jour : février 2024

Neck pain is a common condition that can be acute or persistent, presenting as a dull ache or sharp pain. Care planning can be challenging. Neck pain can have associated disorders, including headache, pain radiating to the arms or referring to the upper back. Neck pain can be non-specific (no distinct cause), or specific (linked to a particular cause or underlying condition). Clinical management can be complex. Structured patient education (including advice to stay active, reassurance, and self-care advice) is important in all types of neck pain. Specialized care pathways combining multiple interventions may be considered, depending on the cause and chronicity.

Conduct patient assessment

Red flags present

Red flags present

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Refer to appropriate emergency or healthcare provider

  • Structured patient education

  • Exercise (strength, range of motion)

  • Manual therapies (e.g., spinal manipulation or mobilization, massage)

  • Low-level laser therapy

  • Psychological / social support

  • Medicines

  • Referral

Major symptom/sign change

Goals not achieved


Adjust treatment and management plan or refer

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These care pathways are intended to provide information to practitioners who provide care to people with musculoskeletal conditions. The care pathways on this website are 'living' documents, reflecting the state of clinical practice and research evidence to our best knowledge at the time of development. As knowledge and healthcare practices evolve, these pathways may be updated to ensure they remain current and evidence driven. These pathways are not intended to replace advice from a qualified healthcare provider.

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