Like chronic low back pain, neck pain is considered chronic if it persists for at least three months. Chronic neck pain may range from mild to severe, and may be rooted in a physical cause like muscle strain, or a medical cause such as arthritis or fracture. Find out more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Accidents
  • Everyday activities such as:
    • Bending over a desk or table
    • Reading
    • Sleeping in an awkward position
    • Using a computer
    • Watching TV
  • Falls
  • Fragility fracture due to osteoporosis
  • Infections
  • Muscle strain or tension
  • Spinal infection, disorder or disease
  • Trauma

Signs & Symptoms

  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tingling, numbness or weakness in hands or arm

Tips & Treatments

  • Contrary to what some may think, most physicians suggest avoiding bed rest in favor of staying as active as possible.
  • Treatment may involve taking over-the-counter pain relievers, icing the affected area, stretching gently, massaging the area, and making ergonomic adjustments in the home or office.
  • Depending on severity, surgery may be required to restore full function.

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