Neck Pain (cont.)
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Neck pain can be caused by:
Activities that cause neck pain
Most neck pain is caused by activities that involve repeated or prolonged movements in the neck. This can result in a strain (an overstretched or overused muscle), a sprain (injury to a ligament), a spasm of the neck muscles, or inflammation of the neck joints.
These activities include:
Stress and focusing intensely on a task can also cause neck pain. Tension may develop in one or more of the muscles that connect the head, neck, and shoulders. They may feel tight and painful.
Injuries that cause neck pain
Minor injuries may occur from tripping or falling a short distance or from excessive motion of the cervical spine.
Severe neck injuries may occur from:
Medical conditions that cause neck pain
Certain medical problems can cause neck pain. These include:
Some medicines can cause neck pain as a side effect.
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