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Health Tip: Got a Pain in the Neck?

Health Tip: Got a Pain in the Neck?

09/20/11

(HealthDay News) -- The neck has an unusually important job -- supporting the weight of your head! When there's pain in the neck, it can stem from a soft tissue injury, or an abnormality in the joints and bones at the top of the spine.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions these possible causes of neck pain:

  • A problem, such as rheumatoid arthritis, caused by inflamed joints.
  • Injuries due to prolonged wear and tear.
  • Cervical disk degeneration (spondylosis), in which the padding inside the disks of the neck deteriorates.
  • An injury to the neck, stemming from factors such as an automobile accident, a fall or sports injury.
  • Rare tumors, infections or congenital defects of the vertebrae.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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