Neck pain is very common and affects the majority of people at some stage in their lives. it is the second most common musculoskeletal complaint after back pain, resulting in absenteeism and lost work days. It also affects 50 percent of the population and is more common in women. Pain is often caused by stiff joints which can become inflamed and painful. Neck pain may be referred to as arthritis, spondylosis, slipped disc. When pain is referred into the arm, it is called neuralgia.
Up to 80 percent of neck pain does not have an underlying medical cause and is often consequences of postural neglect:
Sitting for prolonged periods, lying and resting, working in awkward positions, working in cramped spaces, overuse, trauma, postural strain, psychological and emotional factors.
The location can vary between people. Pain can be felt near the base of the neck, usually on one side only. This pain may ease in a few days.
Other symptoms may include:
Pain can arise spontaneously with no apparent cause.
Pain and stiffness.
Aggravated by moving the neck.
Can cause pain in the shoulders, upper back, jaw.
Dizziness or vertigo may be experienced.
Loss of full motion in the neck.