What causes neck pain?

Causes of neck pain include:

  • Abnormalities in the bone or joints
  • Trauma
  • Poor posture
  • Degenerative diseases, and
  • Tumors

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
  • Dislocation
  • Collar or upper arm bone fractures
  • “Frozen” shoulder
  • Pinched nerves (also called radiculopathy)

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