Over the years, our necks are subjected to repeated stress, which may not cause neck pain at the time but can add up and eventually result in degeneration of the cervical spine (which begins at the base of the skull and is comprised of seven vertebrae).
Generally speaking, most neck pain gets better over time and can be treated with non-surgical treatments. In some instances, chronic neck pain may ensue, and such conditions may require ongoing pain management and if the symptoms are severe, possibly surgery.
Typical symptoms of a neck condition may include one or more of the following:
Most neck pain symptoms are precipitated by a muscle strain or soft tissue sprain of the ligaments or tendons (possibly from sudden force like whiplash) in the cervical spine. However, in many instances where there is numbness or arm pain, a neck problem may be the result of another cause.
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