Neck pain (also called cervical pain) is a common ailment that may be caused by a number of disorders or diseases involving the neck.
The cause may be as simple as neck strain from prolonged positioning, or as serious as degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, a pinched nerve, or neck injury. Because a pinched nerve or herniated disc may affect neuromuscular activity, it is advised that you seek treatment immediately upon diagnosis. It is possible as well for neck pain to be caused by infection, such as from the throat, as this can cause swelling. Bone infection of the spine and menigitis can also affect the structures around the neck, causing pain. Muscle problems, such as fibromyalgia and polymyalgia rheumatica, also cause neck discomfort.
Your risk for acquiring neck pain is increased in contact sports, motor vehicle accidents, horse riding, and several other potentially injuring activities. Continue reading