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What causes neck pain?

Common neck pain is from muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are responsible. Such activities include bending over a desk for hours, having poor posture while watching TV or reading, placing your computer monitor too high or too low, sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising. Most neck pain is caused by activities that result in repeated or prolonged movements of the neck's muscles, ligaments, tendons, bones, or joints. This can result in a strain (an overstretched or overused muscle), sprain (injury to a ligament), spasm of the neck muscles, or inflammation of the neck joints. For example, painting a ceiling, sleeping with your neck twisted, slouching, or staying in one position for a long period of time can all cause neck pain. Traumatic accidents or falls can cause severe neck injuries like vertebral fractures, whiplash, blood vessel destruction, and even paralysis. Less frequently, neck pain is caused by injury; infection; chronic disease; nerve root, spinal cord, or disc problems; or problems related to aging such as arthritis.Other causes include a herniated disc, fibromyalgia (pain syndrome throughout the body), and arthritis. Meningitis, although much less common, can cause significant neck stiffness.


More information on neck pain

What is neck pain? - Neck pain is pain that occurs anywhere from the bottom of your head to the top of your shoulders.
What causes neck pain? - Common neck pain is from muscle strain or tension. Usually, everyday activities are responsible.
What're the symptoms of neck pain? - Symptoms of neck pain include osteoarthritis, headaches; pain in the shoulder, arm or hand.
How is neck pain diagnosed? - Neck pain is usually diagnosed through a medical history and physical examination.
What's the treatment for neck pain? - Most cases of neck pain disappear without treatment or with the help of mild pain killers.
How to prevent neck pain? - Prevention of neck pain is related to the cause. Avoid slouching or a head-forward posture.
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