Neck pain causes disruption in your life and well-being.

Neck pain may simply be a byproduct of sleeping in a weird position or due to stress, but there are also many different, more serious causes of neck pain. Knowing how it started is the first step to getting rid of it. 

Trauma-related causes of neck pain include:

  • Whiplash: This soft muscle injury may also include headache, numbness of foot and the skin, and depression.
  • Muscle Strain: This common cause of neck pain also includes stiffness, muscle cramps, bruising, and irritability.
  • Other causes of trauma-induced neck pain include fractures, herniated disks, and ruptured disks:

Stress-related causes of neck pain:

  • Tension headache: Symptoms include chronic pain in a band-like pattern around the head, irritability, and often an increase in blood pressure.
  • Migraine: This common headache also includes nausea, vomiting, visual changes, numbness, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Other more systemic causes of neck pain may include:

  • Fibromyalgia: This chronic pain disorder also includes pain in the muscles and tendons all over the body, including the neck.
  • Cervical spondylosis: This disorder is caused by destruction of the space between bones in the cervical spine. Other symptoms besides neck pain may include arm pain, hand and finger numbness, and a burning sensation.
  • Osteoporosis: The thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density that may lead to painful microfractures in the bains of the cervical spine.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: This long-term disease results in painful inflammation in the joints in various points of the body, including the neck.