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Neck Pain

In persons at least age 40 with neck pain that lasts at least two weeks and is painful with the application of pressure, the most common causes of neck pain are

  • muscle spasm or strain

  • osteoarthritis, with associated muscle spasm

  • disc disease, with associated muscle spasm.

In most people with these conditions, treatment is often effective--that is, the prognosis is good.

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