Neck pain

Useful information about neck pain

Neck pain is discomfort in any of the structures in the neck. These include the muscles, nerves, bones (vertebrae), and the disks between the bones. When your neck is sore, you may have difficulty moving it, especially turning to one side. Many people describe this as having a stiff neck. If neck pain involves nerves, you may feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your arm, hand, or elsewhere. A common cause of neck pain is muscle strain or tension.

Usually, everyday activities like bending over a desk for hours, poor posture while watching TV or reading, having your computer monitor positioned too high or too low sleeping in an uncomfortable position, or twisting and turning the neck in a jarring manner while exercising.

Accidents or falls can also cause severe neck injuries. If you felt down, had a car accident, or any other traumatic incident involving symptoms like fever and headache, and your neck is so stiff that you cannot touch your chin to your chest, call your health care provider.