Chronic neck pain refers to pain that has not gone away after three months.

Like acute neck pain, it is usually caused by a strain or a sprain in the back – but the pain and distress can last for much longer and it can have a big impact on your day-to-day life.

Chronic neck pain can range from a mild pain or ache, to a more severe pain. This can depend on a variety of things, such as how happy you are at home or at work, if you are prone to depression or if you have had back pain before.

Chronic neck pain usually requires treatment such as medication or physiotherapy. In most cases though, your neck will heal itself. It is important that you keep active and continue as normal, but if your pain is severe and persistent then you should seek medical advice for diagnosis and the appropriate treatment.

Wear and tear in the neck

Sometimes neck pain is caused by the “wear and tear” that occurs to the bones and joints in your neck. This is a type of arthritis called cervical spondylosis.

Cervical spondylosis occurs naturally with age. It does not always cause symptoms, although in some people the bone changes can cause neck stiffness.

Nearby nerves can also be squashed, resulting in pain that radiates from the arms, pins and needles, and numbness in the hands and legs.

Most cases will improve with treatment in a few weeks.

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