What Is Neck Pain and What Causes It?

Q:
What is neck pain and what causes it?

A:
Overview
Neck pain is a common complaint. Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench.

Osteoarthritis also is a common cause of neck pain.

Seek medical care if your neck pain is accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands or if you have shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.

Causes
Your neck is flexible and supports the weight of your head, so it can be vulnerable to injuries and conditions that cause pain and restrict motion. Neck pain causes include:

  • Muscle strains.
  • Worn joints.
  • Nerve compression.
  • Injuries.
  • Diseases.

Certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer, can cause neck pain.

 

 

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