Types of Neck Pain and Their Causes

Neck pain is a condition that millions of people experience at some time in their life. For most of the cases, treatment of the condition can be done without surgery, although there are some symptoms that may reveal a serious condition that warrants immediate medical attention.

Most neck pain cases have no verifiable root in the anatomy, although some could be traced back to general causes like muscle strain, cervical herniated disc, or stenosis.

Acute Neck Pain

Acute neck pain is usually caused by muscle strain or a sprain in one of the ligaments of tendons. Injury of this type can result from sudden force from a car accident, or from straining the neck through wrong sleep posture. Minor injuries to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the neck usually heal with time, owing to the fact that soft tissues get good blood supply with the necessary protein and other nutrients.

Care is mainly non-surgical, such as the use of heat and/or ice, medications, physical therapy, osteopathic manipulations, etc. These can be helpful in mitigating pain while the affected part heals.

Chronic Neck Pain

Neck pain caused over a long time can be from a number of causes, with the common ones listed below:

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