Neck pain that radiates into head

Patient

Q: My husband (57 years old) has had a persistent pain in his neck that sometimes travel to the back of his head for over 3 months. He initially went for chiropractic treatment. There was some relief but then the pain came back . Sometimes chiropractic manipulation makes it worse. For the most part it's always there although he can go 4-5 days with very very minor twinges and then he is excessive pain for days. Our MD sent him for an MRI which didn't show anything. We are wondering what the MRI would rule out (i.e, arthritis, tumor, etc.) and what would NOT be ruled out and based on that -- if you have any ideas on cause or next step, type of specialist to see? As an FYI - when the pain is bad he is taking Vicodin and getting minimal relief. He was also prescribed a muscle relaxer which he took 3x but it made no difference at all.

Symptoms:  Neck pain through back of head
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