Main Causes of Neck Pain

As the most flexible part of the spine, the neck is susceptible to pain and injury. While many people experience occasional neck pain from sleeping in an odd position or looking at a computer screen for too long, persistent neck pain can compromise your quality of life. 

The main causes of neck pain include:

Poor Posture

Ideally, when your head is in a neutral position, it should be aligned with your shoulders. However, many of us spend time looking down at a screen or sitting in a hunched position. This poor posture strains the muscles around the neck, as well as the discs and joints of the cervical spine. This can lead to persistent neck pain. 


When you’re feeling stressed out, you’re more likely to carry tension in your neck and shoulders. This can cause muscular pain in the neck, as well as tension headaches. 


Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition causing damaged cartilage in the joints. If it affects the cervical spine, it can cause lasting pain and stiffness in the neck.

Since osteoarthritis is a chronic condition, it typically requires ongoing care and pain management. Regenerative therapies like stem cells or PRP may help heal the damaged cartilage by stimulating your body’s recovery process. 

Pinched Nerve

When too much pressure is placed on a nerve, it can cause nerve impingement, also known as a pinched nerve. If this injury occurs in the neck, you may experience pain, weakness, numbness, and/or tingling in the neck that radiates into the shoulder, arm, or hand. 

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc develops when one of the cushion-like discs that protects the vertebrae becomes damaged. The damaged disc may then press on nearby nerves. A herniated disc in the neck can cause chronic neck pain, as well as weakness, numbness, and/or tingling that travels into the upper extremities. 

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Mira Swave, MD

Contributor at Regenerative Medicine Now

Mira Swave, M.D. is a specialist in the field of Regenerative Medicine.
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