Neck pain is a common problem with a large number of possible causes. Two thirds of adults will experience a short period of neck pain at some time in their life – and at any one time about one in four women and one in five men suffer neck pain. In most cases the pain disappears in a matter of days. In some cases, however, neck pain can be more persistent and severe.
The most common type of neck pain is non-specific, and may often result from a minor strain or sprain to muscles or ligaments in the neck. Other possible causes of neck pain include:
- A broken or dislocated bone in the neck
- A pinched nerve in the neck
- Arthritis – osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Bone infections
- Muscle strain – such as whiplash injury or heavy lifting
- Psychological causes – including anxiety, depression, or psychosis
- Referred pain – i.e. pain that originates in another part of the body, such as heartburn and, more rarely, a heart attack
Treatment can include one or more of the following:
- Stretching and strengthening of the neck
- Massage of neck and shoulder
- Postural correction
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