Pain in the neck is most commonly the result of four main causes: trauma, poor posture, muscle strain, or a degenerative disc disease.
In the event of a traumatic incident, whiplash can occur, which is when the neck is distorted or jerked by sudden force.
Though not all sources of neck pain involve injuries, the severity of pain can gradually escalate with long-term diseases and conditions such as osteoarthritis or ankylosing spondylitis, a disease involving inflammation of the spinal joints.
When left untreated, a neck condition or injury can cause further damage, and you could be left dealing with chronic pain. In some cases, pain in the neck can be a sign of a serious medical condition, and specialized treatment should be sought to ensure that a proper diagnosis is made.
Spine surgeons are specialty-trained to work on the entire nervous system that starts in your brain, runs through your spine, and branches out to all areas of your body. Pain that hampers the quality of your everyday life is typically caused by an issue that transmits signals through the nervous system. Spine surgeons treat many painful conditions, such as low back pain, stroke, sciatica, pinched nerves and chronic pain. These conditions may manifest itself in one place but appear in another. For example, carpal tunnel symptoms may be related to spinal disc problems in the neck.