Another ditto. omg please no more chiro's. I am not condemning them saying that they can't help SOME people - but never ever a people with cervical anything going on. I had a physical therapist who was an idiot and made my neck so much worse by doing manipulations after I screwed it up. Also, I would say never traction on your neck either - another stupid thing I learned the hard way. I treat my neck like delicate glass now.
About the mri. Yes, go to your primary care doc and have them refer you to a neurologist or orthopedist. There are so many things they can do to help you.
I have the same thing you have - neck pain going down into the right shoulder blade - feels like a knife in the back. The physical therapist added headaches by manipulating my neck
Do you have any numbness along with the pain? Have you noticed any weakness in your limbs? Have you noticed clumsy hands?
OK thats my two cents. Please keep us posted. This board is full of nice, experienced people like feelbad and neckpatient. I don't know what I would have done without this place.
Take care, matt