Pain in the neck may start at the upper torso and end at the base of the skull. The bony vertebrae, along with the ligaments, which are similar to thick rubber bands, provide stability to the spine. The muscles allow for support and movement.
The neck has a significant range of motion and supports the weight of the head, but it is less protected than the rest of the spine. This makes the neck vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and limit motion. For many people, neck pain is a temporary condition that disappears with time.
Neck Pain Causes
Neck pain may result from abnormalities in the soft tissues, such as the muscles, ligaments and nerves, as well as in bones and joints of the spine. The most common causes of neck pain are soft-tissue abnormalities due to injury or extended wear and tear. In unusual instances, infections or tumors may cause neck pain. In some people, neck problems may be the source of pain in the upper back, shoulders or arms.
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