The most common reason for neck pain is poor posture or muscle strain caused by overuse or injury. The neck, also known as the cervical spine, is a complex structure that includes bones, muscles, nerves, and other tissues that support the head and allow for movement. When the muscles and other structures in the neck are strained or injured, it can cause pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion.
Poor posture, such as hunching over a computer or phone for long periods, can cause the neck muscles to become tense and strained. Other common causes of neck pain include whiplash from car accidents or other traumatic injuries, repetitive strain injuries from activities such as typing or painting, and degenerative conditions such as arthritis or herniated discs.
In some cases, neck pain may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition, such as fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, or a pinched nerve. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing persistent or severe neck pain or if your pain is accompanied by other symptoms such as weakness, numbness, or tingling.