Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.
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.