Neck pain is a very common condition. It is estimated that around 70%-80% of the population will suffer from this condition at some point in their lives.
Degenerative disc disease or ageing of the spine otherwise known as spondylosis is the most common cause of neck pain. Imaging studies such as MRI and even plain radiographs often show evidence of degeneration in subjects in their late 20ís† or early 30ís. Fortunately in the majority of these subjects their symptoms are non existent or very mild.
Neck pain is often as the end result of muscular over-activity and tightness in the lower neck and back. In the vast majority of cases (80%-90%) this condition is self limiting and is often related to bad posture. In certain situations chronic neck pain can be as a result of referred pain from lumbosacral pathology.
Almost all types of non specific neck pain will improve over a period of days to weeks. Typical advice will be an exercise program, stretching maneuvers and perhaps some simple oral analgesics. Warning signs that you should consult your medical practitioner are if the pain gets worse or you start to develop numbness, weakness or clumsiness in either the upper or lower limbs.