Neck Pain: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Neck or shoulder muscle weakness can hinder your mobility while often causing neck pain and headaches. Join Airrosti’s Dr. Stephanie Niño as she discusses the anatomy of the neck and demonstrates a few easy exercises to help prevent and relieve nagging neck pain.


Your neck and shoulders contain muscles, bones, nerves, arteries, and veins, as well as many ligaments and other supporting structures. Many conditions can cause pain in the neck and shoulders. The neck is susceptible to injury because it is capable of extensive range of motion. It is, as a result, less stable than many other parts of the body. In addition, the neck muscles are affected by the motion of nearly all other areas of the body.

Chronic neck pain is pain, stiffness, and soreness in the neck, perhaps with decreased mobility, that lasts more than several weeks. This is the third most common type of pain according to the American Pain Foundation.


The most common cause of shoulder pain and neck pain is injury to the soft tissues, including the neck muscles, tendons, and ligaments within these structures. Individuals who spend most of their day sitting at work have nearly double the risk factor for developing this condition. The risk is especially high for those who sit in poor posture, with the head in a flexed forward position.

In addition to muscle strains and sprains, Osteoarthritis (developing from the wear and tear of cartilage and bones) is a common cause of neck pain, as well as rheumatoid arthritis. In some cases, this condition may also be caused by an injury to the cervical spine, cervical disc degeneration disease, or other injuries that put pressure on the nerve roots.

Symptoms may include:

  • Pain that’s often worsened by holding your head in one place for long period (such as when driving or working at a computer)
  • Muscle tightness and spasms
  • Decreased ability to move your head
  • General soreness
  • Numbness, tingling, or weakness
  • Tension headaches

Recurrent neck trouble affects more than one part of your body. It can influence your sleeping habits, your ability to work, and even your thoughts and feelings. People with chronic pain that is severe are more likely to have other problems that significantly affect their health.


Chronic neck injuries that do not require surgery often cause recurring problems. However, Airrosti providers are extensively trained to evaluate and treat the specific cause of your symptoms, which can lead to rapid recoveries and lasting pain relief.

Call Airrosti at (800) 404-6050 to see how we can help you avoid surgery and resolve your pain, or learn more about what to expect on your first visit.

Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic

Disclaimer: Always consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program. If you experience any numbness, tingling or reproduction of your symptoms, please contact your doctor.

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