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 diseasecervical herniated disc, cervical stenosis, or cervical arthritis.

Neck crepitus, which refers to any cracking, popping, snapping, or grinding noise heard during joint movements, is fairly common in the general population and is not usually a cause for concern.
Neck pain can be relieved by stretching, strengthening, and aerobic conditioning with these neck exercises.
A migraine headache is an episodic headache characterized by throbbing or pulsating pain on one side of the head, commonly accompanied by neck pain.

Tension headache causes constricting or tightening pain in the forehead and temple area, with tenderness in the scalp and neck muscles. Neck pain in tension headache typically feels achy, tender, and/or tight.

There are many potential causes and risk factors for neck pain. Knowing the likely cause of a particular neck pain can help when learning to manage and treat it, as well as to prevent it from returning.
Crowned dens syndrome occurs when too many calcium deposits form on the bone’s surrounding ligaments, which can look like a “crown” and cause excruciating neck pain.
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