Most episodes of neck pain are due to muscle strain or soft tissue sprain (ligaments, tendons), but it can also be caused by a sudden force (whiplash). These types of neck pain often improve with time and non-surgical care such as medication and chiropractic manipulation. But if neck pain continues or worsens, there is often a specific condition that requires treatment, such as cervical degenerative disc disease, cervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.
How Does Text Neck Cause Pain?
Research reveals that the distinct neck bend seen in texting teens and adults is causing a new overuse syndrome known as "text neck." Learn what can be done to avoid it.
There are several mechanisms that can transfer pain signals from the head to the neck and vice-versa. These pain pathways play a vital role in causing headache and neck pain to occur together.
Waking up with a stiff neck may be the result of a sleeping position or unrelated neck injury. Find out common causes of neck stiffness both during and after sleep and how you can treat and prevent them.
How to Treat Chronic Stiff Neck
Treatments for chronic neck pain include neck exercises, cold and heat therapy, postural changes, spinal manipulation, massage therapy, and acupuncture.