Neck Pain (cont.)
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Neck pain may:
When neck pain is caused by activities, such as computer use or sleeping position, it usually gets better within 4 to 6 weeks with treatment that includes taking steps to relieve pain, modifying activities, and doing exercises or physical therapy.1
When neck pain iscaused by injuries, such as a fall resulting in a herniated disc, it usually improves within 3 months with nonsurgical treatment. Neck pain caused by an injury such as whiplash may take longer but usually improves within 6 to 12 months with occasional recurring pain.1
Chronic neck pain
Neck pain may become long-lasting (chronic) when it occurs in combination with other health conditions, such as conditions associated with increasing age. These include narrowing of the spinal canal (cervical spinal stenosis) and arthritis of the neck (cervical spondylosis). In some cases, chronic neck pain can be caused by repeated and prolonged movements, such as long hours working at a computer.
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