What causes neck pain?
Causes of neck pain include:
- Abnormalities in the bone or joints
- Poor posture
- Degenerative diseases, and
The most common cause of neck pain is pain in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments), which usually occurs as a result of an acute (sudden) or a chronic (long-term) muscle strain. The neck is very mobile, which means it is less stable than other areas of the body, and more easily injured.
What causes shoulder pain?
The shoulder is a ball and socket joint with a large range of movement. Such a mobile joint tends to be more prone to injury. Shoulder pain can stem from one or more of the following:
- Strains from overexertion
- Tendonitis from overuse
- Shoulder joint instability
- Collar or upper arm bone fractures
- “Frozen” shoulder
- Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)