Pain in the Neck

Back pain affects about 90% of adults at some time in their lives, and about 67% of adults experience neck pain. Back pain and neck pain are among the most common pain.


What is neck pain?

  • Pain in the neck can be due to injury, a mechanical or muscular problem, a trapped nerve caused by a bulge in one of the discs between the vertebrae, or from arthritis of the neck.
  • It can range from very mild discomfort to severe, burning pain.
  • If the pain is ‘acute’ – sudden and intense – it is called a crick in the neck, facet syndrome or muscular rheumatism.
  • If the pain has lasted more than three months, it is termed ‘chronic’ neck pain.
  • Neck pain is a very common condition and is more frequently seen in women than men.
  • Most people will experience pain in the neck at some point in their life.

What causes neck pain?

Many things can trigger neck pain. These include:

  • trauma or injury
  • worry and stress
  • falling asleep in an awkward position
  • prolonged use of a computer keyboard.
  • Poor sleeping posture
  • Neck injury
  • Whiplash

There are several theories about why so many people suffer neck pain, but they are not supported by scientific proof. For most people, no specific reason for the pain can be found.

Neck Pain Treatment

First of all, you need to find out the cause of the neck pain.

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3 thoughts on “Pain in the Neck

  1. I’ve got a disc injury in the C4 or C5 area and live with daily chronic neck pain. I’d love to know of any new non-surgical treatments available to alleviate my symptoms.

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