Neck pain is the sensation of discomfort in the neck area. Neck pain can result from disorders of any of the structures in the neck, including the cervical vertebrae and intervertebral discs, nerves, muscles, blood vessels, esophagus, larynx, trachea, lymphatic organs, thyroid gland, or parathyroid glands. Neck pain arises from numerous different conditions and is sometimes referred to as cervical pain.
Spread to the upper back, shoulders, or arms.
Be worse with movement.
Make your neck stiff or tender.
Cause headaches. These are common and may last for months.
Carrying a heavy backpack or purse on one shoulder
Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)
Cradling your phone between your shoulder and neck
Sleeping on your abdomen or with too many or too few pillows
Trauma from accidents or falls