What are common causes of neck pain?

Common causes of neck pain include: 

  • Traumatic injury – not necessarily serious trauma, but often from more common incidents such as whiplash from a rear-end vehicle collision.
  • Lifestyle issues that lead to muscle fatigue or wear and tear of vertebrae. Smartphone use has become a common contributor, as smartphone users spend a lot of time with their necks flexed down to text and browse. This is commonly referred to as “tech neck.”
  • Age-related wear and tear of the spine, such as arthritis.
  • Occupational stresses such as viewing a computer screen for long periods of time in a hunched position. 
  • Other causes like lifting weights with improper form, or uncomfortable sleep positions and pillows that provide insufficient support.

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