Characteristics can vary from a dull ache to excruciating sharp shooting pain. Neck pain is usually caused by postural muscular strain or inflammation of the small joints in your neck.
However is can also be caused by a number of other conditions such as damage to the discs, fractures to the vertebra or even referred pain from your heart or lungs. It is for this reason you should get a professional assessment of neck pain particularly if it is worsening or persistent.
Pain or tingling in the shoulder arm and hands, headaches, dizziness, nausea. Pain is often worse when turning or bending the neck. Often sitting for long periods or slumped postures can aggravate symptoms.
The treatment required is dependent on the cause of the neck pain. Usually musculoskeletal (the most common cause) neck pain is improved through manual therapy ,chiropractic. Your GP will often prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication. Patients rarely require surgery for neck pain.